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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 »
(at around 20 mins) When McClane is chasing after Jack, at the moment when McClane rams the truck chasing Jack and says, "Jack! I'm not done talking to you!" there is a brief shot of Jack driving the blue van with the driver's side on the right side of the van. In all other scenes, the driver's side of the van is on the left. See more »
[as they gear up]
You got a plan?
Not really. I kinda thought we would just wing it, you know. Running in, guns blazing! Make it up as we go.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this is terrible.
Q: So what did everyone do as soon as they heard John Moore was directing the next Die Hard film?
A: Look up his filmography and see titles like the remake of Omen and Max Payne.
And now, sadly, A Good Day to Die Hard will join his list of notoriously bad films. As much as I wanted to like this movie, I just couldn't; not even as a die hard fan of the franchise.
First, let's look at the selling point. We're promised ONE thing: a larger scale as far as action sequels go. The first Die Hard took place in a building, the second one in an airport and, the third in NYC, and the fourth in the entire nation of the United States. So logically, Die Hard 5 was going to go international.
Well, ironically, A Good Day to Die Hard feels like the smallest film of the five because the stakes feel so low. The action is endless chaos from start to finish; you quickly become numb to it. And unlike previous Die Hard films, the terrorist threats never get carried out. I never felt like John McClane was going to lose.
The one-liners aren't clever. The jokes aren't funny. The bad family relationship story is getting really old, especially when Die Hard 4 primarily focused on the estranged father-daughter relationship. And unlike Lucy who just came off as a spoiled brat, Jack McClane is introduced by pulling a gun on his own father who we have grown to love over four movies.
I can't speak too much about the "villain" (played by Radivoje Bukvić) without spoilers, but all I have to say is that he has little to no part in the movie. The evil Russian comes off as a cliché, and again, he carries out no threat. I'm dying to talk about the story here, but let's just say it has a really brain dead ending.
In an attempt to end the review on a more positive note, I'd like to say that the movie does have some "oh sh*t" moments here and there. However, I'd still stay clear of this one.
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