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Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. Written by
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The "Idiot's Travel Guide to Moscow" that McClane flips through in the back of the cab is listed as being written by Tom Karnowski, one of the film's executive producers. See more »
In the chase scene, the blue van with Jack and Komarov has a loose headlight. In the next shot, it's fixed, and then broken again in the next. See more »
[during a shoot out]
You remember the last time we talked just before you went away?
Ah no. No! No, no, you're not gonna open up to me before we die. That's not your thing, John.
What's my thing?
Fucking killing bad guys, that's your thing!
[preparing to return fire]
You're not gonna die today.
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I kept an open mind, but so much was left to be desired.
In the early '80s and '90s, the "Die Hard" series of films were all
about entertainment. Sure it's not a thought-provoking piece of art,
but it's art done with class, integrity and art; these films were made
at a time when action films were..actually..action films. They had no
quick-style MTV editing that tries to pass itself off as "action", they
were done with pure and honest craftsmanship with stunt men willing to
put it all out for all to see. And for that aspect alone, they did a
So now I look at A Good Day to Die Hard, with all the trappings that
action films are known for and ostentatious hijinks that scream Michael
Bay-esque action that reeks of his earlier films to date.
Bruce Willis plays McClane to a hilt, but that's all there is. No
heartwarming moments, no instances of morality, no deep insights into
why he kills his enemies, John McClane is just that. John McClane. A
bravado of words and action that homages the earlier films.
The movie at times tries to be gritty and funny at the same time, but
with such an inane screenplay and unfunny jokes, it becomes quite
apparent that this film was simply not meant to continue the series. To
try to adapt an relic of the '80s and '90s into a modern context with
current technology, doesn't work anymore. The only exception to this is
Rambo, where he was fighting against a brutal regime in Southeast Asia.
It worked because the setting was raw in it's brutal intensity; plus
Rambo is a timeless hero and much more plausible. John McClane is just
a beefed-up Jack Bauer without the hero's legendary outbursts of anger
when something goes wrong or impedes him from saving the day. Not once
is there a chance for the viewer to root for McClane. He remains
lifeless and stiff; the very opposite of his portrayal in the earlier
In an attempt to distance itself from its PG-13 predecessor, the film
makers decided to make this film rated R. Yet it hardly saved the film
from it's mediocre direction. I suspect this was due to the large
backlash from audiences of Live Free or Die Hard, a film that was only
a Die Hard film in name only, not a "true" Die Hard film, which is
evident in the director's inability to handle the material.
I tried to keep an open mind, after the execrable LFODH, but after
this, I hope Bruce and co. just hang up the wife beater for the final
time. No more. John McClane is a hero of the past and should be left
there for all time's sake.
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