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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Film Review, a movie directed by John Moore and starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Patrick Stewart, Cole Hauser, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amaury Nolasco, Aksel Hennie, Sebastian Koch, Anne Vyalitsyna, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Yuliya Snigir, and Attila Árpa. Plot Synopsis The promoted storyline for the movie was that John McClane (Bruce Willis) would [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
There are horrible movies like Live Free or Die Hard and then there are downright awful movies like John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard. The R-rated Die Hard sequel looked sort of promising after the PG-13 shit that Len Wiseman dropped on us. I mean, even the trailers were focusing more on the over-the-top action and corny one-liners than say a coherent story or plot line and that’s fine, because the Die Hard series has pretty much lost all of its credibility since the fourth film was released.
I was fully willing to accept Bruce Willis’ John McClane as the next Superman, despite the character originally being the complete opposite, but I got lost somewhere between a confusing scene in Chernobyl (right? »
- Jeremy Lebens
Digital Download HD: May 14, 2013 Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
A Good Day to Die Hard follows other franchises in having that pass-the-torch installment, where the aging star fights the bad guys with his son.
Bruce Willis (Looper) is back as bad-ass NYPD cop John McClane, and when his estranged son Jack gets into trouble in Russia, it’s John to the rescue. Jack (Jai Courtney, Jack Reacher), a CIA operative, has been imprisoned in Moscow, and after father and son reunite, they must thwart a nuclear weapons heist that could trigger World War III.
The movie was panned by critics, with Richard Roeper summing it up succintly with, “What a disappointment.” One of the few positive reviews still wasn’t all that praising. Dallas Morning News critic Chris Vognar said, “It’s all more than a little silly, but »
A Good Day to Die Hard turned the latest installment of Bruce Willis against scores of terrorists into a family affair when it blasted in theaters this past February. Next up for the fifth Die Hard film is a stop via Digital HD download on May 14 followed by a Blu-ray and DVD debut on June 4.
Jai Courtney joins Bruce Willis as Jack McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard and together the father and son team take down a group of Russian terrorists on their home soil. The film has performed so-so in the U.S. with $66.3 million thus far. However, international ticket sales are at $221.4 million and climbing proving yet again that Die Hard is a global franchise that refuses to die.
The Blu-ray edition of A Good Day to Die Hard is a two-disc set that is being labeled an "extended edition" in that an extended cut »
Everyone knows our opinion of the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day To Die Hard. It’s total crap. Right? I’ve just received word from Fox in the Us that the home release of the movie is set for the 4th June on DVD and Blu-Ray and on their Digital HD platform on May 14th. You can read our theatrical review of the film by Fordy right here (it ain’t pretty), but a much harder, longer version is expected for the home release. I’m hoping for some harder action on the UK version of the discs when its released later in the summer, but for now here’s the full rundown of the Us bonus materials expected for the North American release. There’s a ton of them.
Bruce Willis is back in action — mind-blowing, heart-stopping, rip-roaring action — as John McClane, the heroic »
- Paul Heath
Yippee Ki Yay, John McClane is back, this time with his son and twice the excitement. Keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for 25 years, the latest chapter of the popular action franchise delivers the thrills and the ultimate father-son action duo as A Good Day to Die Hard debuts on Digital HD on May 14 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring a double dose of McClane power, the film will also be available as an "Extended Edition" with over two hours of extreme bonus material just in time for Father's Day.
A Good Day to Die Hard is back in action - mind-blowing, heart-stopping, rip-roaring action - as John McClane, the heroic New York cop with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. John's latest predicament takes him all the way to Russia to track down his estranged son, »
The year's first White House movie ahead of early estimates, but is it a bona fide box-office hit? Olympus Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (neither of whom has been terribly lucky at the domestic box office of late), will be this March 22-24 weekend's no. 2 movie, behind only the 3D animated feature The Croods and easily surpassing early predictions. Antoine Fuqua, probably best known for Ethan Hawke / Denzel Washington's Training Day (which earned Washington a Best Actor Academy Award), directed the R-rated thriller should earn around $28 million on its debut weekend -- it opened with $10.4 million at 3,098 sites this past Friday as per studio estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo -- thus boasting this year's second highest R-rated debut and providing relatively new distributing company FilmDistrict with its most impressive opening weekend to date. Early predictions by various pundits had the year's "first »
- Zac Gille
By now, action audiences know the Die Hard drill. Terrorists invade a recognizable facility. Law-enforcement agents are neutered by a series of lethal threats, prompting a lone-wolf soldier who happens to be caught behind enemy lines to take it upon himself to wipe out an army of foreign antagonists, rescue the hostages and save the day. Yet, the formula that worked so well for John McTiernan’s 1988 classic Die Hard hasn’t necessarily worked for the countless other films that have tried to follow in its massive footsteps. Even official Die Hard sequels fail to live up to the high bar set by the original (see John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard for an example of such recent failures). Actually, don’t. It’s beyond terrible. ...
- Sean O'Connell
It came as a bit of a surprise recently when I discovered every Die Hard sequel had began life as an stand-alone action flick before characters names were changed to incorporate John McClane and his wise-cracking charm. It’s a shame nobody working on the latest entry thought to give the script for Olympus Has Fallen a tweak, following John Moore’s woeful, Russian-set sequel, A Good Day To Die Hard. It couldn’t have been any worse. If you’ve yet to see the trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s new action-thriller, it’s effectively Die Hard in the White House, and looks a barnstorming guilty pleasure.
The all-star cast sees 300 hunk, Gerard Butler as a off-duty Secret Service Agent attempting to save the President and his staff when foreign terrorists invade the iconic address. Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Dylan McDermott, »
- Craig Hunter
This January and February lived up to their dumping ground stigma. We saw a few satisfying films here and there, but we also saw A Good Day to Die Hard. Brian Salisbury gave that movie a whooping, and he, along with other critics, could have been much harder on John Moore’s bland nightmare of a movie. The good news about this March, though: no movies directed by John Moore. Instead we’re seeing films from Park Chan-Wook, Sam Raimi, Derek Cianfrance, Harmony Korine, and Antoine Fuqua, directors a bit more trust-worthy. Even though Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen didn’t make the must-see list, it looks like a better Die Hard movie than the one we just endured. Without anymore further mention of A Good Day to Die Hard (seriously, I think I’m hung up on it), here are the five films to check out this month: Stoker Now in limited release. Fear »
- Jack Giroux
I know that some of you dug it, but for me, A Good Day To Die Hard was not up to par. I'm not going to jump into a rant about it, as we've already heard plenty already, but the disdain for the film by many (most?) is something that factors into this story. It seems that director John Moore, who generated next to no excitement upon being announced as the helmer of the fifth iteration of the franchise, had chopped a director's cut of the film, which is "substantially »
- Paul Shirey
With John Moore’s Die Hard shitfest currently taking a mint at the international box-office, us action fans are in desperate need for a great return to the well-worn genre of ‘reluctant hero’ overcoming the odds. Thankfully, Gerard Butler could be about to bring us Die Hard In The White House, as his former Secret Service Agent sneaks into the iconic address to kick ass when ruthless terrorists invade Aaron Eckhart’s Presidential home in Antoine (Training Day) Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen.
The action-thriller has a strong supporting cast, which includes Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Rick Yune, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett and Cole Hauser, who coincidentally, was criminally underused in Brucey’s A Good Day To Die Hard disaster.
Check out this first television spot for the film slated for Us cinemas 22nd March and the UK on the 19th April.
- Craig Hunter
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Liam O'Donnell of Hydraulx Entertainment to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Danny Boyle's Trance and more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the Die Hard Franchise, in honor of John Moore's A Good Day to Die Hard in theaters now. The guys talk about the strong and weak points of the series, what makes a good Die Hard film and also about the multitude of Die Hard rip-offs that flooded the market in the years after the original. The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The »
- Tim Buel
With over-the-top action, crazy car chases and loud blasting action sets, John Moore's "A Good Day To Die Hard" delivers the goods in explosions and destructions. Unfortunately, this franchise, the fifth in the series, deals with secret agent-cum-father-son bonding over gun shots and blasts, which seems more like a twist than a justifiable entry into the "Die Hard" series. Nevertheless, fighting bad guys under impossible odds is the basic outline, and a good one at that!
At a shooting range in the Us, John McClaine (Bruce Wills), an ex-New York cop and a concerned. »
- Lohit Reddy
A little over a month ago, we posted that in celebration of it’s 25th anniversary there will be a Die Hard Marathon showing all four movies starting around Noon on February 13th followed by the premier of A Good Day To Die Hard at 10Pm getting out just before Midnight. That’s almost 12 action-packed hours of Die Hard awesomeness! As you can guess, there was no way I could refuse to take this opportunity to see one of the greatest action-movie series of all time for the first time on the big screen, or make that Mega-Screen since I decided to see this at Wehrenberg’s Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine, which in my opinion is one of the best movie theatres here in the St. Louis area. For $25 you got all five movies plus a collectable lanyard that entitles you to a 25% discount at concessions throughout the whole day and with their wide-selection, »
- Ken Parker
The long awaited fifth "Die Hard" movie, "A Good Day To Die Hard," won the box office crown this President's Day weekend, but we've got to admit that after seeing John Moore's action flick we're still confused about a ton of stuff in the flick that really didn't make a whole lot of sense. Full disclosure, neither I nor HitFix's Drew McWeeny (whose review can be read here) are trying to be too tough on the latest John McClane adventure. We were actually both very much looking forward to it after the surprisingly good "Live Free or Die Hard." On the other hand, "A Good »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny
Box office comparisons between the current and the previous Die Hard movies [See previous post: "Is the latest Willis / Die Hard movie a domestic box-office hit or a flop?"] However, when compared to the previous four movies in the franchise, the latest entry is nothing but a box-office disappointment -- though, I should add, it's the first movie in the franchise not to open in late spring/summer. (Pictured above: Willis as the invincible hero John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard.) Directed by John McTiernan (who's currently facing a potential one-year prison sentence for lying to the FBI during the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping investigation several years ago), the original Die Hard movie released in 1988 scored $7.5 million (approximately $14 million today) at 1,276 theaters on its first weekend in wide release, July 22-24. The movie eventually cumed with $83 million (approximately $162.5 million today) in the United States and Canada. Director Renny Harlin's Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) grossed $21.74m (approx. $41m today) at 2,507 venues on its opening »
- Zac Gille
Willis stars in the action thriller A Good Day to Die Hard, but fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise doesn't have a very good weekend in North America The latest Bruce Willis Die Hard entry is having a just okay weekend at the domestic box office. The perfect date movie, it grossed a passable (for such a widely popular and long-lasting action franchise) $8.23 million at 3,553 theaters this past Thursday, Valentine's Day, plus an estimated $25 million from Friday to Sunday (February 15-17), according to studio estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above is A Good Day to Die Hard's star Willis as hero John McClane.) The movie's domestic total is $33.2 million after four days. That's hardly a fantastic opening, especially when taking into account that tomorrow is the Presidents Day holiday in the United States. Now, the Big Question: Could the latest Die Hard flick reach »
- Zac Gille
Bruce Willis and his fifth turn at John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard beat out last week's champ Identity Thief and a quartet of new arrivals including Safe Haven and Beautiful Creatures to claim the number one spot at the North American box office over the President's Day weekend. While business roared back to life following the crippling blizzard on the East Coast last weekend, the numbers were still down roughly 12% from last year's levels.
It has been six years since Willis battled bad guys in Live Free or Die Hard. That 2007 PG-13 rated entry opened in late June and ended up making a franchise-high $134 million (pre-inflation) while scoring the best reviews for the series since the 1988 original.
The latest entry in the quarter-century running Die Hard franchise starring Bruce Willis, A Good Day to Die Hard, beat out last week's champ Identity Thief and a quartet of new arrivals including Safe Haven and Beautiful Creatures to claim the number one spot at the North American box office over the President's Day weekend. While business roared back to life following the crippling blizzard on the East Coast last weekend, the numbers were still down roughly 12% from last year's levels.
It has been six years since we last saw New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) take down hordes of bad guys in Live Free or Die Hard. That 2007 PG-13 rated entry opened in late June and ended up making a franchise-high $134 million (pre-inflation) while scoring the best reviews for the series since the 1988 original.
Twentieth Century Fox took five years to deliver the inevitable follow up and finally »
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