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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Lost for words!
I still remember the first time I saw 'Die Hard', when I was about 12-13 years old. It was Christmas and as per usual I got all my candy (chips, chocolate, soda, you name it) and watched a lot of movies on TV. Just planting myself down and doing nothing but watch movies (this is mainly before Christmas Eve, like the 3-4 days before). I was switching through some channels and I landed on a channel that was showing 'Die Hard'. I knew of Bruce Willis and I was in the mood for an action movie. I was 12-13 years old and I remember the experience I had watching that movie. I still watch it every Christmas (and the sequel). I love 'Die Hard'. In my opinion the best action film ever made.
As I have grown older and wiser, I still love the heck out of 'Die Hard' and I thoroughly enjoy the other two that form the original 'Die Hard Trilogy'. And even though I taught entry number four to the series had some issues and the fact that they made it PG-13, I still enjoy that as well. And in my book it was clearly the worst of the movies. That is, until I just saw 'A Good Day To Die Hard'.
My God, this was one stinker of a movie. Some of the action was pretty good, sure. But the acting, the story, the pace, the editing: AWFUL. To be honest, when a fifth 'Die Hard' movie was announced, I was excited. Because, even though the fourth one had problems (idiotic villain, some bad acting etc), I personally enjoyed it. It had action, humor and McClane may not have been as wisecracking as he once was, but I just blamed that on the fact that the character had gotten older and perhaps changed his way a bit, but he was still the McClane we all know and love. Therefore I thought that another one seemed legit. That it would surely borrow from the previous entries (the original three) in terms of humor, character and so on, and be like the fourth one, not quite up there, but still enjoyable and fun to watch. Boy, was I wrong.
And so I was excited for a while, for the fact that a fifth 'Die Hard' was in the making. Especially when it was rumored that Aaron Paul was going to play John McClane Junior. And then I read it. John Moore was going to direct. The idiot who almost ruined my good memories of 'Max Payne' and 'Max Payne 2' by making perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever seen. A movie I despise, hate, loathe. I gave up any hope of a decent movie, right there and then. And I was right. I came home from work, made a nice dinner, and was ready for the fifth entry to the series. I had read all over the web, forums, papers etc about how awful it was. Everybody hated it, and I thought: 'They don't have a clue what they are talking about, bunch of newbies.' I did not take long for me to realize that the stuff I had read were true.
SPOILER ALERT! : The car chase sequence early in the film is a perfect example of that. It has been a long time since I have seen such bad acting, bad editing and the jokes and stuff that McClane makes just sounds so stupid and are almost cut away (herein lies the bad editing I mentioned) before he is finished saying them. It does not work at all and I was laughing, shaking my head, cursing at the same time. I was so angry at how bad that sequence was and that they had stripped McClane of everything he is supposed to be. This review (if you can call it that) has gone one long enough now, so I'm not gonna say much more. Just the fact that 1) I did enjoy this more than 'Max Payne' (the movie), although not by much, at all. 2) I like to believe that I have not watched a 'Die Hard' film, but a random action movie of very low quality (felt like a really horrible TV-movie sometimes), and that the fifth 'Die Hard' film we really wanted is being planned as we speak.
PS: This 'review' has been written right after I finished watching it. I could not contain myself. Do yourself a favor, just don't watch it. You'd be better off watching 1-4. Those are worth watching.