Excerpt: "A Good Day to Die Hard" is, essentially, the "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" of the "Die Hard" series. It has some decent action, but there are enough other problems to drag the overall film down.
Excerpt: The original " Die Hard " (1988) was a perfect action thriller, it had well rounded characters, an interesting villain, some tense high wire action all framed within a terrific, tight and well written story. The second and third films, while not as brilliant had their moments. Then, in 2007 a little part of me died, what was once one of the best action series' of all time had delivered a 4th instalment and it was terrible.
Excerpt: Bruce Willis suits up for another trip into Die Hard -ville. The fifth entry into the esteemed action franchise—a series, in my opinion, that has yet to put out a true clunker—transplants John McClane into Russia, where, surprise, he ends up ensconced in mayhem.
Excerpt: As I begin my review of this film I’ll try to avoid the typical puns such as “this franchise needs to die hard.” Oops, there I go. This is the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise and to many it’s the downright worst one. Many complaints plagued the fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard , having a PG-13 rating. McClaine’s infamous “yippee ky yay” would have to be edited in some way, and of course it was.
A Good Day to Die Hard – Extended Cut (Blu-ray Review)
24 June 2013
Conclusion: While this entry of the franchise doesn’t measure up to the previous installments (especially the first three), I still enjoyed it and appreciated it for what it was. Nothing can compare to the brilliance of the first Die Hard but I thought this still had some good moments. Plus, I’m always happy to see Bruce Willis return as McClane so I enjoyed the movie but honestly it is more of an action movie than a Die Hard movie.
Conclusion: You needn't be a huge fan of the Die Hard series to be let down by its fifth installment. A Good Day to Die Hard is a lifeless entry to the franchise which strings together costly practical set pieces hoping you won't notice there's nothing coherent or compelling holding them together. It isn't surprising to see Bruce Willis making a subpar action movie, but him dragging down his most beloved brand in the process is both a surprise and a disappointment.
Conclusion: any generic action outing. The plot is barely able to stand on its own two feet, all three major villains were bland, the twists and turns were predictable, and Willis was merely along for the paycheck. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that watching this film was a terrible experience, but it certainly was a forgettable one. A Good Day to Die Hard makes its Blu-ray debut with an impressive 1080p, AVC encoded transfer (1.85:1).
Summary: The Russian setting is actually a good thing for the franchise. What makes it work is that the environments are something we haven’t seen so many times before. Car chases come alive on roads that are a little bit alien to us. The final set piece is a little disappointing, however. McClane delivers his famous battle cry, and the return to an R-rating was a good move overall.
Excerpt: Is Good Day to Die Hard in on its own joke? How could it not be? Within 10-minutes, John McClane (Bruce Willis) touches down in Russia to save the son we never knew he had. Ten more minutes, and he is barreling over heavy traffic like a monster truck and taking down one ton military vehicles with civilian cars, all without the audience in on why we’re doing this. Only McClane knows how he does it. Movies are rarely this preposterous… or this ambitious.
Conclusion: The latest installment to the 'Die Hard' franchise is an unfortunate disappointment story-wise with villains that fail to be much of a threat to Bruce Willis's everyday anti-hero. Amazingly, the movie somehow still manages to be slightly entertaining thanks to the work of director John Moore and his crew who create some stunningly elaborate action sequences.