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.
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 don’t 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 I’d be lying if I said it didn’t entertain me.
Two of a Kind: A quick little bit about the whole father son angle.
Back in Action: Everyone’s excited to see John McClane back in action…except 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.