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A Good Day To Die Hard (Extended Cut)
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Jun 24, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
John Moore

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Jai Courtney
Sebastian Koch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Badass cop John McClane travels to Russia (on vacation) to reconnect with his son, Jack, who is seemingly in trouble with the law. Much to John's surprise, his son Jack is a CIA agent working to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, which John McClane reluctantly becomes a part of.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I originally heard they were filming a new DIE HARD I cringed. Not because of Bruce Willis (admittedly he looks great for his age and can still bring it on screen), but because times have changed and trying to recapture the action dream of yesteryear is like trying to catch a unicorn. This flick feels more like a buddy cop movie than a DIE HARD entry, and I truly feel that if it had been manufactured as such people would have loved it. Sadly, this is not the case. I've heard some people complain about the over-the-top story elements--like the added spy angle, weapon's grade plutonium and nukes. I don't mind that so much, simply because you have to ask yourself, "where else could they go?" You start off the series with a kidnapping and some guns, then we upgrade to oozies and a plane, then bombing schools and so on, so again, where else could they go from there? If only that were the end of the complaints. Unfortunately, it's the beginning.

The biggest problem lies with Bruce Willis' John McClane. Where's the hard-edged cop from DIE HARD one and two? He ain't here that's for sure. McClane's dialogue is forced and clunky, almost like Willis has forgotten how to emulate McClane in light of all the badass roles he's played over the years. So if Willis is confused about who McClane is, how are we, the audience, supposed to be anything but confused? Jai Courtney is a fine addition to the show as McClane's son and handles the action like a champ (not surprising coming from SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND). His breakout in this flick and JACK REACHER are awesome news and I hope he does well in the future. It was rumored he'd be taking over this franchise, which would work for me, but who knows.

The villains are another low. We get a dude actually do a jig in front of the boys in an attempt to strike fear into their hearts. Sigh. There's a muscle bound (nameless) Russian thug who looks cool, but is terribly misused. Now I don't want to spoil anything, but I just don't get the switchover that happens (you'll know it), it begs a great many question to add to your confusion pile. The action is fantastic though, I'll say that at least. They blow up and destroy nearly everything in every scene. The opening car chase was pretty cool, as was the chopper blowing the hell out of the building, but I have to wonder what the bad guys were thinking while piloting the chopper at the end (and don't get me started on Jack's wound that should have taken him of the game completely but is shrugged off as a scratch).

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD promised much, but delivered very little in the way of "DIE HARD" brand. And I hate to sound petty, but why does it take an extended cut to actually apply the bits from the trailer missing in the regular version? That makes no sense to me. And why cut his daughter? I just don't get it. The R rating also excited me in the beginning, but other than tossing in a couple F-bombs and his infamous catch phrase, I didn't see an R rating, there wasn't even red mist seen when shooting people. I'm also no Chemistry major, but the two of these guys would be in for some serious repercussions if they swallowed any of the water. Again, you'll know. In the end, this is watchable, but nowhere near memorable, which is disappointing.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with John Moore and Mark Cotone: You can only catch this via the Extended Cut, but Id skip it as they just joke around and talk about nothing.

Deleted scenes: Again, nothing great, and I just have to wonder why scenes from the trailer get cut and placed in the deleted scenes content.

Making it Hard To Die: An hour long documentary that gives and in-depth look at how this flick came together. For any other flick, you might fight that appealing, but chances are you dont care enough about this snoozefest to want to invest another hour of your time.

Anatomy of a car chase: I liked the opening car chase. Sure, it was over-the-top and highly unlikely, but Id be lying if I said it didnt entertain me.

Two of a Kind: A quick little bit about the whole father son angle.

Back in Action: Everyones excited to see John McClane back in actionexcept for the fans, who were terribly disappointed. But hey, movies stopped being about the fans years ago.

The New Face of Evil: These guys are nowhere near cool enough to call themselves villains. Shameful.

VFX and Pre-vis sequences: A crash course on how the computer animated stunts were thrown together, and yes, there was lots of this.

Previews: We get some trailers, Storyboards, Concept Art and Trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As much as we hate to admit it, the great action epics of the eighties and nineties are gone, never to be replicated no matter how hard Hollywood tries. Yes, its sad, but whats sadder still is getting our hopes up, only to be greeted with garbage like this. Boo, Hollywood. Boo.
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7:42PM on 06/26/2013

Ugh

Thought it was far and away the worst Die Hard movie myself. Little to no tension, intrigue, excitement... no interesting villains... a really thin and slapped-together "story". And they call this Die Hard?!? They didn't even take advantage of the R rating. Live Free, despite being too soft and too silly and over-the-top, is a much better movie, I think.
Thought it was far and away the worst Die Hard movie myself. Little to no tension, intrigue, excitement... no interesting villains... a really thin and slapped-together "story". And they call this Die Hard?!? They didn't even take advantage of the R rating. Live Free, despite being too soft and too silly and over-the-top, is a much better movie, I think.
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10:23AM on 06/24/2013

Boring

I haven't been able to make it through the first big car chase out of the courtroom. I've tried twice but became easily distracted and paused it twice and never made it back. In fact my Girlfriend had never seen the original Star Wars so we watched them instead plus she forced me to watch Perfect Pitch and I had a much better time then on A Good Day to Die Hard. I'll try again tonight. By the way, I'm not trying to be picky but it's Uzi's not Oozies.
I haven't been able to make it through the first big car chase out of the courtroom. I've tried twice but became easily distracted and paused it twice and never made it back. In fact my Girlfriend had never seen the original Star Wars so we watched them instead plus she forced me to watch Perfect Pitch and I had a much better time then on A Good Day to Die Hard. I'll try again tonight. By the way, I'm not trying to be picky but it's Uzi's not Oozies.
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4:49AM on 06/24/2013
At least it has a bunch of what sound like half-decent extras. This was such a colossal let down. There've been movies where I left the theatre pumped, movies where I left the theatre disappointed, movies where I left the theatre feeling indifferent...this is one of the very few where I left the theatre completely bewildered and a bit dazed. And I actually didn't mind Live Free or Die Hard, too.
At least it has a bunch of what sound like half-decent extras. This was such a colossal let down. There've been movies where I left the theatre pumped, movies where I left the theatre disappointed, movies where I left the theatre feeling indifferent...this is one of the very few where I left the theatre completely bewildered and a bit dazed. And I actually didn't mind Live Free or Die Hard, too.
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