With 'A Good Day To Die Hard', the Die Hard franchise gains a bigger, but not necessarily better, addition. Bigger, because the action is bombastic and there's Bruce Willis at his wry best (for most, this will be enough said). Far from better, because the thrills are recycled and the plot's hackneyed. Still, while this is no Nolan-esque action hero reboot, it's a shot of nostalgia that you will enjoy.
What's it about?
For the fifth installment, the action shifts to Moscow where high political drama is playing out over the arrest and trial of whistleblower Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch). A plot to rescue Komarov leads Jack (Jai Courtney) into a tight spot, prompting daddy John (Bruce Willis) to drop everything and scurry over to Russia to save his son. Soon enough, bullets are flying, people are dying, backs are being stabbed (literally and figuratively) thus forcing Jack & John to put their issues aside to save the day.
The only cast member worth mention is Willis and given that he's really the ONLY reason you and we go back for more, it's a relief that he doesn't disappoint. The action scenes require a serious suspension of logic but they are of the 'Woah!'-inducing variety. The movie is also dripping with references aplenty to past installments, enough to keep franchise fans grinning in their seats.
But while Willis is in his badass element, our prudish censor board spoil most of the fun with John McClane's best lines ('Yippie-kai-yay motherfucker') tragically cut short. Also, the soppy father-son scenes (that play out with a soaring background score) are as exciting as nails dragged across a chalkboard.
What to do?
Die Hard and Willis junkies need no telling, but even for the uninitiated or the indifferent, this is fun enough popcorn fare.
in.com rating: 3/5
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