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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John McClane
... Jack McClane
... Komarov
... Lucy
... Irina (as Yulia Snigir)
... Alik (as Rasha Bukvic)
... Collins
... Murphy
... Chagarin
... Anton
Zolee Ganxsta ... MRAP Driver (as Ganxsta Doglegy Zolee)
Péter Takátsy ... Prosecutor
... Cabbie
... Pretty Reporter
... Lucas
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Storyline

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 Guy from Estonia

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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14 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,834,845, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,349,198

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,654,182
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The shortest and worst critically received movie in the whole series. See more »

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(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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
John McClane: So we're not going to grow any third arms or anything are we?
Jack McClane: Nah. You might loose your hair.
John McClane: Ha! Laugh it up kid. This is your five years from now.
Jack McClane: It's rain water and fire. Besides, it's hard to kill a McClane.
John McClane: *Now* you're a McClane?
Jack McClane: Yeah, I'm a McClane. John McClane.
John McClane: John McClane, Junior.
Jack McClane: Well, that makes you a Senior.
John McClane: That's right. Try not to forget it. I'm your father. Have some respect for your father.
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I kept an open mind, but so much was left to be desired.
14 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

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 commendable job.

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 films.

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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