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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Hope you like clichés
Imagine if a group of screenwriters got together and had a contest to put every single cliché imaginable into an 88 minute long movie, and you would have Die Hard 5.
It is not easy for me to write this review. Part four was by no means perfect (i liked it just fine, not as good as the first three), but these movie is so God awful it makes Live Free or Die Hard look like Citizen Kane. The lines are so contrived and cheesy you almost expect a laugh track to come after them like you are watching an episode of Mr. Belvedere. Willis sleepwalks through his performance and there is no chemistry between him and the capable but incredibly wooden Jai Courtney. The cgi is distracting and poorly done and John Moore couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag. His direction style makes Michael Bay look like a nuanced french film director.
The only reason this movie gets a 3 from me is because the phrase Die Hard is in the title and the car chase in the beginning isn't half bad but somehow it's still pretty boring. the color scheme in the film is bleak and listless and there is literally no villain presence. you never once are on the edge of your seat and there is no tension, as John Mclane lacadaisacally dispatches bad guys without so much as a drop of sweat or a drop of blood after he gets thrown through windows.
Bottom line this movie sucks. watch the first three (even the fourth) and wish for better days.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Best action of the 3, worst story
I had the weirdest feeling after I watched this movie. I didn't know how I felt about it. I loved it and hated it at the same time, so I'll break this review up into two categories.
First, the bad. The movie is only 1 hour and 44 minutes long, which is way too short if this is truly the last X film (which they make very clear). Also, the way death is handled. The only person who seems to care and acknowledge the fact that Cyclops may be dead is Wolverine. Even though it is only implied that he died, and it is never made clear, they never mention it again in the film. Also, couldn't Professor X just read his mind and find out whether he was or not? On top of that nightcrawler is gone with no explanation; Rogue is absent from most of the action even though the first film is told from her point of view, Collossus only gets a few cool scenes (he has a larger role though), and Angel has about 10 total minutes of screen time.
But the movie does has some redeeming qualities. The second movie was by far the best, but this one has THE best and most rewarding action sequences out of the series. Storm kicks so much ass throughout the film, the fight scenes are well choreographed (Esspescially the scene in Jean's house), and Kelsey Grammers Beast is excellent. And fans of the comic will love the amount of mutants packed into the film. Kitty Pryde is surprisingly cute and entertaining as well. The final battle is explosive and very emotional.
Anyway, it's not as bad as a lot of fanboys say. It would be impossible to make a movie and follow the comics to the letter, especially with the PHoenix saga. Hopefully the DVD will incorporate some deleted scenes.