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Review: A Good Day to Die Hard (Chris Bumbray's take)

Feb. 14, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to see his estranged son- Jack (Jai Courtney) who's been arrested for murder. Turns out, Jack is a CIA agent tasked with retrieving an infamous Russian political prisoner- Yuri (Sebastian Koch), with links to Chernobyl.

REVIEW: DIE HARD as we knew it ended a long time ago. 1995's WITH A VENGEANCE was the last hurrah, and many of us were puzzled by 2007' s LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which seemed to re-imagine McClane as a superhero. This was a stark departure from the rugged, relatable hero from the first three films. Having seen A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, I'm almost sorry for being so hard on LIVE FREE's director Len Wiseman on my recent review of the Blu-ray box set, as that film- despite its many faults, is much better than this new extreme variation on the franchise.

John Moore- who's directed such films as BEHIND ENEMY LINES (his best movie by far), the FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX remake, THE OMEN remake (just awful) and MAX PAYNE, is the new guy behind the camera. Granted, that's not a filmography that inspires much confidence, but even if Moore was on the level of someone like John McTiernan, I doubt he could have done much with this. Skip Woods' script doesn't feel at all like a DIE HARD. Sure, a character named John McClane has been shoehorned in, but other than a few wisecracks, he doesn't seem to be anything like the guy present in the rest of the franchise. In the single strangest development in the series yet, the move was made to have McClane, unthinkably, play second banana to a new hero, his son, played by SPARTACUS' Jai Courtney.

To be fair to Courtney- he's not bad, but his part makes no sense. Throughout the whole film, Jack seems to hate John- even pointing a gun at him early on. Why does Jack hate him so much? What has John done? This is never revealed, and their conflict is all but forgotten when the carnage kicks in. But, by not explaining it, Jack comes off as a whiny, unlikable character. Is he mad at his Dad for saving his mom Holly not once, but twice- not to mention the whole of NYC in WITH A VENGEANCE, and possibly the whole world, along with his sister (Mary Elizabeth Winstead returns for a cameo) in LIVE FREE? And while Courtney looks OK in the action scenes, Jack has no personality outside of being an entitled brat. If he's being poised to take over the series, he'll need to be fleshed out a whole lot.

Similar to LIVE FREE, the villains are once again weak. The generic Russian baddie is incredibly poor, and his muscle bound comrades, one of whom (I'm not kidding) spends all of his screen-time greased up and shirtless, are no better. Only Sebastian Koch- as Yuri, brings a bit of gravitas to the proceedings, while Yuliya Snigir is memorable in that she's drop-dead gorgeous (although her stripping out of the leather catsuit scene is cut short in the finished film- boo).

The only one who works, obviously, is Willis- but even he's not able to make A GOOD DAY worth watching. Some of his quips are OK, some are painful (especially his attempt to make a new catch-phrase with I'm on vacation!!!)- and worse, I'd wager McClane is more often CGI than he is Willis or even a stuntman in any of the action scenes, all of which are ridiculously amped-up.

Running a quick ninety-seven minutes, I will admit there's a lot of action here. The opening car chase is ludicrous, but relatively decent (if confusingly shot and cut), but after that, the dozens of gunfights are tedious. The worst of it is that everything is so jacked-up, from the cutting, to the explosions, to the CGI, to the carnage- it's all a cartoon.. The great thing about DIE HARD is that, no matter how crazy it got, McClane always seemed to be in danger. Here- he can dodge a helicopter blade, and fall four stories through window after window without a scratch. Where's the McClane who limped through the end of the first movie because his feet were so cut up?

Of course, I'm aware that it's unfair to compare this too much to the first movie, which, after all- is a classic. Even if A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD had been a a passable if generic action flick, I would have been satisfied. It's not even close to that- although Marco Beltrami's score- which echoes Kamen's themes from the early movies, tries to make you think you're watching something exciting. It's not. Even the R-rating, which seems harsh, and was probably only given to allow John to say his catch-phrase in all it's glory (the one area this delivers). Besides that- what little blood there is seems to have been CGI'd after the fact, and McClane's handful of F-bombs were likely dubbed in. For the UK audience which is getting a cut version, don't worry too much. It's probably not all that different a film, as this feels like a PG-13 hastily made R (a rare occurrence).

Even though I hated LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, I really wanted to like A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD against all odds. It's really too bad that it fails so completely on so many levels that it ranks as the absolute nadir of the series. If there ever is another DIE HARD, it needs to be scaled down considerably- but at this point, I'm not even sure it would be worth it. Maybe it's time to let this franchise go. Damn.

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6:38PM on 02/18/2013

Did the writers ever even see Die Hard?

I had low expectations going in, which I hope would make the film more enjoyable. It didn't work. As a non-Die Hard film, it is a half decent if forgettable action movie. But everything that made the Die Hard franchise so much fun and thrilling was missing. Much has been said about McClane becoming an indestructible superhero, but it's more than that. John never wants to be the hero and go kill bad guys. In this film he literally says "Let's go kill a lot of bad guys". That's not John McClane.
I had low expectations going in, which I hope would make the film more enjoyable. It didn't work. As a non-Die Hard film, it is a half decent if forgettable action movie. But everything that made the Die Hard franchise so much fun and thrilling was missing. Much has been said about McClane becoming an indestructible superhero, but it's more than that. John never wants to be the hero and go kill bad guys. In this film he literally says "Let's go kill a lot of bad guys". That's not John McClane. He gets dragged into things while suffering headaches or going without shoes. Also, the bad guys usually have a brilliant scheme that McClane throws a wrench in, pissing off the villain to no end.

This film tried to make McClane funny, but the one-liners just were not funny for the most part. They just were not natural. I really think the writers didn't see Die Hard, but they definitely do not understand the character of John McClane. They just need to stop. This makes Die Hard 4 look like Die Hard 3.
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12:17AM on 02/15/2013
This was on par with the last one. Very disappointing. Like the last one, a very entertaining Bruce Willis action movie, but not Die Hard. I think the only way to really save the franchise is to make one final film, preferably with John Mctiernan directing (obviously after he is released from prison), and bring it all back to the roots of the series. Bring back a lot of familiar faces, have it take place around Christmas time again and even throw in an interesting plot twist involving the
This was on par with the last one. Very disappointing. Like the last one, a very entertaining Bruce Willis action movie, but not Die Hard. I think the only way to really save the franchise is to make one final film, preferably with John Mctiernan directing (obviously after he is released from prison), and bring it all back to the roots of the series. Bring back a lot of familiar faces, have it take place around Christmas time again and even throw in an interesting plot twist involving the Nakatomi corporation (or something along those lines). It's just gotten to the point where it doesn't feel like Die Hard anymore, which is rather depressing.
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12:05AM on 02/15/2013

The "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" of Die Hard.

It had Russians, a stupid father/son team up, and lack of any plot that would be worthy of it's franchise.

Yeah. It was *that* bad.
It had Russians, a stupid father/son team up, and lack of any plot that would be worthy of it's franchise.

Yeah. It was *that* bad.
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7:32PM on 02/14/2013
Sorry double post. Damn library computers.
Sorry double post. Damn library computers.
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7:23PM on 02/14/2013

I just got out of seeing it.

And I have to say, it didn't get me amped up for anything. There really wasn't much character development, the "I'm on vacation" line had me shaking my head, and the action was constant.For action junkies, this would be worth ten bucks, but only if the only thing you want to hear are gunshots. I didn't hat it, though... but I didn't really like it either. It was kinda ... meh. Oh, and there's no "Yippe Kaye A, Mother fucker", either.
And I have to say, it didn't get me amped up for anything. There really wasn't much character development, the "I'm on vacation" line had me shaking my head, and the action was constant.For action junkies, this would be worth ten bucks, but only if the only thing you want to hear are gunshots. I didn't hat it, though... but I didn't really like it either. It was kinda ... meh. Oh, and there's no "Yippe Kaye A, Mother fucker", either.
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9:03PM on 02/14/2013
He actually does say the line: just before he kicks the truck out of the back of the helicopter. It happens really fast and you're not alone in missing it. I heard other guys mention they didn't catch it either.
He actually does say the line: just before he kicks the truck out of the back of the helicopter. It happens really fast and you're not alone in missing it. I heard other guys mention they didn't catch it either.
6:56PM on 02/14/2013

*Sigh* SO disappointed

Man I hated to see that this review was spot on. I was a fan of all the previous Die Hards and was hoping this one, while compared to Live Free or Die Hard in the cartoony action style, would still be something that could be fun like the last one. That film had fans of the series divided, but there were people who liked it and I fell into the camp that enjoyed it. I was hoping this film would be something along those lines. Sure, there'd be those who disliked it, but maybe just maybe,
Man I hated to see that this review was spot on. I was a fan of all the previous Die Hards and was hoping this one, while compared to Live Free or Die Hard in the cartoony action style, would still be something that could be fun like the last one. That film had fans of the series divided, but there were people who liked it and I fell into the camp that enjoyed it. I was hoping this film would be something along those lines. Sure, there'd be those who disliked it, but maybe just maybe, there'd be a group who really enjoyed this one. I hate to say it, but I'm pretty sure we will all agree that this film failed BIG time. There might be a couple people who enjoy it, sure....but the VAST majority of opinions will agree this Die Hard should not exist. So many problems outside of the "out there unbelievable action". His son is incredibly bland and whiny (and I like Courtney well enough in Spartacus and thought he could be decent in this role. When he was cast I was fine with the move), John spends the whole movie with nothing to say outside of things like, "I'm your father", and "I'm on vacation!" Seriously, over and over and over. I thought the trailer was fun. Stick with that. The bad guys suck, there are a lot of awkward scenes. Just bad. I only liked 3 things: 1. Willis still sounds like McClane no problem (despite his awful dialog), the opening car chase scene does have some cool crashes, and one of the bad guys eats it in a great way. I was so sad after catching this. I only hope they make a sequel so that this isn't the way the series goes out.
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4:40PM on 02/14/2013
Not surprised
Not surprised
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3:30PM on 02/14/2013

Haha

I posted on the Die Hard poll board before reading this and it seems we have exactly the same opinion. Anything since III is not a Die Hard movie in any recognizable form. They could just title them ACTION MOVIE w/ Bruce Willis and the films would be no different. Willis is in seemingly every movie these days (including many DTV) so I'm sure another big paycheck and roll out would be fine by him, but they should let the franchise die.
I posted on the Die Hard poll board before reading this and it seems we have exactly the same opinion. Anything since III is not a Die Hard movie in any recognizable form. They could just title them ACTION MOVIE w/ Bruce Willis and the films would be no different. Willis is in seemingly every movie these days (including many DTV) so I'm sure another big paycheck and roll out would be fine by him, but they should let the franchise die.
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2:18PM on 02/14/2013

That's disappointing

I will still see this and judge for myself but it sounds like its going to be really bad. One question, Does Willis act at all like he did in the first 3 or do we get the imposter McClane like we did in the 4th movie?
I will still see this and judge for myself but it sounds like its going to be really bad. One question, Does Willis act at all like he did in the first 3 or do we get the imposter McClane like we did in the 4th movie?
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1:46PM on 02/14/2013

Agreed

It's another case of a mediocre/decent action flick pretending to be a "Die Hard Film."
It's another case of a mediocre/decent action flick pretending to be a "Die Hard Film."
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12:35PM on 02/14/2013

I have a small request...

I know this is a public forum, I know everyone has the right to there opinion. I'm not trying to deny anyone a say in how they felt the movie was. But stop posting stuff in here in if haven't seen the movie. This thread should be whether or not you agree with this review. Which means you have to have seen it. You wanna crap on something that you thought was crappy after viewing it, but if you just wanna tell us all the you are not gonna see a movie because you think it will be crap...then
I know this is a public forum, I know everyone has the right to there opinion. I'm not trying to deny anyone a say in how they felt the movie was. But stop posting stuff in here in if haven't seen the movie. This thread should be whether or not you agree with this review. Which means you have to have seen it. You wanna crap on something that you thought was crappy after viewing it, but if you just wanna tell us all the you are not gonna see a movie because you think it will be crap...then stop wasting our time.
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12:23PM on 02/14/2013

I have a different opinion

While most agree this movie is probably not good I actually enjoy it. It got back to the roots of good fun action without being slowed down. Yes in that process they ended up making it the shortest of the Die Hard movies but when you think about it Die Hard never needed to be two plus hours to be great. It just added something more to it with the great writing.
While most agree this movie is probably not good I actually enjoy it. It got back to the roots of good fun action without being slowed down. Yes in that process they ended up making it the shortest of the Die Hard movies but when you think about it Die Hard never needed to be two plus hours to be great. It just added something more to it with the great writing.
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11:38AM on 02/14/2013
Im really getting tired of people saying that LFODH made John McClane into a different, more superhero character. Did you guys not see the first movie? Jumping from explosions on roof tops, running barefoot across broken glass firing a machine gun, almost falling off the top of a building. Tell me he wasnt already a superhero. I love all the Die Hards, have no doubt about this one.
Im really getting tired of people saying that LFODH made John McClane into a different, more superhero character. Did you guys not see the first movie? Jumping from explosions on roof tops, running barefoot across broken glass firing a machine gun, almost falling off the top of a building. Tell me he wasnt already a superhero. I love all the Die Hards, have no doubt about this one.
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7:32PM on 02/14/2013
I think it's more that the things he went through and feats he accomplished started to get more into the realm of impossibilty with Live Free. With the first one, while a slight suspension of disbelief may be required, it is still conceivable for someone with guts and training to be able to do what McClane did, and maybe for the second one, but it gets a little less likely without a whole team of operatives. And still, even then, when McClane would do some of those over the top things in the
I think it's more that the things he went through and feats he accomplished started to get more into the realm of impossibilty with Live Free. With the first one, while a slight suspension of disbelief may be required, it is still conceivable for someone with guts and training to be able to do what McClane did, and maybe for the second one, but it gets a little less likely without a whole team of operatives. And still, even then, when McClane would do some of those over the top things in the first three, there would be a mianfestation of the events on McClane himself, not just a spatter of blood on his face and cut lip. If any regular person slid down a freeway onramp like McClane did in Live Free, their leg would be scraped to hell up and they's have a serious limp. So maybe that's the difference. All the movies have larger than life action set pieces, but as the series went on, the consequences just seemed to disappear.
10:47AM on 02/14/2013
I walked out of "Live Free or Die Hard" loving the movie. Since day one i've had to convince people that although it may not be "Die Hard", it was still a relatively good action film. So I was expecting this new movie to follow in those foot steps. And i really wanted to like this movie. But it was bad. He mentions the villains were bland but neglected to say how ridiculously complex and stupid their plot was. As well as the fact that this really didnt look the John McClane. In the last movies
I walked out of "Live Free or Die Hard" loving the movie. Since day one i've had to convince people that although it may not be "Die Hard", it was still a relatively good action film. So I was expecting this new movie to follow in those foot steps. And i really wanted to like this movie. But it was bad. He mentions the villains were bland but neglected to say how ridiculously complex and stupid their plot was. As well as the fact that this really didnt look the John McClane. In the last movies he looks reluctant to fight the bad guys but has to because its the right thing to do. In this one he goes out of his way to cause destruction and looks to be enjoying every second. Its as if the character has turned into a sociopath who uses his son for another action adventure. The movie just doesnt work on any level
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10:14AM on 02/14/2013

His review is too generous

I dont agree with all of the reviews on here - but this is spot on. I'm a HUGE Die hard mark, and this movie was disappointing and terrible in every way imaginable. There was nothing in it to suggest it was an installment in the Die Hard franchise. I think the 4 grade was too generous. Id go with a 2/10
I dont agree with all of the reviews on here - but this is spot on. I'm a HUGE Die hard mark, and this movie was disappointing and terrible in every way imaginable. There was nothing in it to suggest it was an installment in the Die Hard franchise. I think the 4 grade was too generous. Id go with a 2/10
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9:27AM on 02/14/2013

Nope

Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
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10:10AM on 02/14/2013
One question- have you actually seen this yet? If not- why don't you wait until after you see it to decide I hate fun movies, which- if you know my reviews at all, you'd know I don't. 5 of my top ten movies of the year were action movies dude. Trust me- if this was fun it would have gotten a good review.
One question- have you actually seen this yet? If not- why don't you wait until after you see it to decide I hate fun movies, which- if you know my reviews at all, you'd know I don't. 5 of my top ten movies of the year were action movies dude. Trust me- if this was fun it would have gotten a good review.
10:44AM on 02/14/2013
I think Chris was spot on with the review.
I think Chris was spot on with the review.
10:52AM on 02/14/2013
Having seen this turd and being a connoisseur of action movies, I can say that CBum's review is spot on. He actually LIKED this turkey more than I thought it was worth, which is saying a lot. For you to hate on this review makes it apparent you haven't seen it yet. I get it--you want it to be good and you want it to deliver. You're in denial, buddy. It's a shitty movie.
Having seen this turd and being a connoisseur of action movies, I can say that CBum's review is spot on. He actually LIKED this turkey more than I thought it was worth, which is saying a lot. For you to hate on this review makes it apparent you haven't seen it yet. I get it--you want it to be good and you want it to deliver. You're in denial, buddy. It's a shitty movie.
12:55PM on 02/14/2013
Thanks fellas!
Thanks fellas!
1:17AM on 02/18/2013
I just saw the movie tonight and I feel compelled to back DeakenBlack up here, this movie was really fun. I'm not understanding all this negative buzz. I think that critics get it in their heads that the "re-ignited classic franchise" (for lack of a better term) has to be bashed. I have seen the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Die Hard plenty of times and I can tell you that this fits right in with the originals. I understand that you want this movie to feel like you're watching the classics again, but those
I just saw the movie tonight and I feel compelled to back DeakenBlack up here, this movie was really fun. I'm not understanding all this negative buzz. I think that critics get it in their heads that the "re-ignited classic franchise" (for lack of a better term) has to be bashed. I have seen the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Die Hard plenty of times and I can tell you that this fits right in with the originals. I understand that you want this movie to feel like you're watching the classics again, but those movies aren't the masterpieces you think they are, there's a nostalgia there that you have to recognize. When you put something on a pedestal, sometimes people forget what it really is.
My younger brothers don't think the original Indiana Jones are any better or worse than the newest one. If that doesn't put what i'm trying to say into perspective, I don't know how else to explain my point.
The bottom-line is, this movie is loads of fun to watch!
9:19AM on 02/14/2013

Nope

Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
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9:16AM on 02/14/2013

Nope

Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
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9:14AM on 02/14/2013

Nope

Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
Not surprised either. Chris never likes fun movies. Just boring Crap. I'm sure this movie is fine, just like the last one. But bad reviews are what we get for turning every blogger into a trusted reviewer. Chris would rather Jack and John stair aimlessly at each other for 2 hours, and talk about their feelings of past and present. he wants "A Good Day to Die Hard After Sunrise." I prefer the John McClain that blows things up.
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8:55AM on 02/14/2013
Not surprised!
Not surprised!
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7:16AM on 02/14/2013
Oh boy, this really sounds bad. I have yet to see it for myself. However, reading from IMDB's user reviews of this movie, it's likely that you'd have to leave your entire brain matter at the theatre door and enjoy the show. Hopefully I can do just that.
Oh boy, this really sounds bad. I have yet to see it for myself. However, reading from IMDB's user reviews of this movie, it's likely that you'd have to leave your entire brain matter at the theatre door and enjoy the show. Hopefully I can do just that.
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6:57AM on 02/14/2013
I don't mean to sound condescending, but I thought everyone knew by now that the studios are planning to hand the "Die Hard" series over to Jack McLane, John's son, hence why John plays second banana in the new movie.
I don't mean to sound condescending, but I thought everyone knew by now that the studios are planning to hand the "Die Hard" series over to Jack McLane, John's son, hence why John plays second banana in the new movie.
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12:07PM on 02/14/2013
Oh shut up. Thumbs down for you.
Oh shut up. Thumbs down for you.
1:13PM on 02/14/2013
i don't mean to be condescending, but by "the studios", i assume you mean "fox". why would fox take a billion-dollar franchise away from one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and hand it to some relatively unknown actor? that doesn't make any sense.

also, it's "McClane".
i don't mean to be condescending, but by "the studios", i assume you mean "fox". why would fox take a billion-dollar franchise away from one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and hand it to some relatively unknown actor? that doesn't make any sense.

also, it's "McClane".
7:39PM on 02/14/2013
@talkinmonkey - It's because the studio believes it could possibly make enough money on the brand to justify changing the main character. They're probably looking to try and make this their American James Bond, which won't happen. Mission: Impossible is as close as it gets.
@talkinmonkey - It's because the studio believes it could possibly make enough money on the brand to justify changing the main character. They're probably looking to try and make this their American James Bond, which won't happen. Mission: Impossible is as close as it gets.
6:21AM on 02/14/2013
I'm so sad, I can't even write shit properly. The trailers had me so jacked up (mainly because of the music), but the reviews really seem to be portray the final product as a generic and bad action movie with too much CGI. I'm even considering not going to see it in theaters. Such a shame. John McClane/Bruce Willis deserves so much better.
I'm so sad, I can't even write shit properly. The trailers had me so jacked up (mainly because of the music), but the reviews really seem to be portray the final product as a generic and bad action movie with too much CGI. I'm even considering not going to see it in theaters. Such a shame. John McClane/Bruce Willis deserves so much better.
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6:02AM on 02/14/2013
Bumbray is often too kind. I'd wager this is even worse than he said. At least it looks that way from the trailers. Give us one more of these turds, Hollywood, and Die Hard will have a psudo Star Wars.treatment.
Bumbray is often too kind. I'd wager this is even worse than he said. At least it looks that way from the trailers. Give us one more of these turds, Hollywood, and Die Hard will have a psudo Star Wars.treatment.
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5:49AM on 02/14/2013
Would people stop using John Moore?! This guy can't direct a story to save his life.
Would people stop using John Moore?! This guy can't direct a story to save his life.
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4:40AM on 02/14/2013

Agreed

A noisy, incomprehensible mess. Somehow manages to be worse than the fourth one. Shit, the fourth one is like Citizen Kane compared to the fifth. Moronic villains, no rhythm, no suspense, ho-hum action, and a worthless R-rating that delivers nothing more than a few "fucks" here and there. Trust me, kids, this is one to wait til video for. Bumbray's got it right, although I'd say this is a 3/10 at best.
A noisy, incomprehensible mess. Somehow manages to be worse than the fourth one. Shit, the fourth one is like Citizen Kane compared to the fifth. Moronic villains, no rhythm, no suspense, ho-hum action, and a worthless R-rating that delivers nothing more than a few "fucks" here and there. Trust me, kids, this is one to wait til video for. Bumbray's got it right, although I'd say this is a 3/10 at best.
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12:55PM on 02/14/2013
Thanks Shirl!
Thanks Shirl!
2:22PM on 02/14/2013
Indeed, good sir.
Indeed, good sir.
4:18AM on 02/14/2013
Since they fucked up DH4 this movie doesn't interest me at all. Also I never thought it be a good idea to add some sidekicks (like Indiana Jones' or McClane's son) to existing and loved characters.
Since they fucked up DH4 this movie doesn't interest me at all. Also I never thought it be a good idea to add some sidekicks (like Indiana Jones' or McClane's son) to existing and loved characters.
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3:45AM on 02/14/2013
Each Die Hard movie moves up in scale. Every odd Die Hard should be about the Gruber's. I would have set this in Germany and made it about a hidden Gruber brother that no one knew about till now!

That said, I hope this franchise continues to grow in scale until we reach the inevitable "McClain goes to space to save the world from aliens" Die Hard movie.
Each Die Hard movie moves up in scale. Every odd Die Hard should be about the Gruber's. I would have set this in Germany and made it about a hidden Gruber brother that no one knew about till now!

That said, I hope this franchise continues to grow in scale until we reach the inevitable "McClain goes to space to save the world from aliens" Die Hard movie.
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3:38AM on 02/14/2013

Just saw it...

OK, so I partook of the 12 hour marathon today, so maybe I was a little too hyped up on sugar and $2 hotdogs...It wasn't that bad. Was it as good as the ones that have come before it? No. Was it over the top, loud, senseless action? Yes. Has McClane morphed into this invincible force rather than the "wrong guy, wrong place, right time" hero he was? Yes. Did it have a slow non-sensical begining? Yes. Did it have an action sequence that suddenly made the jet fighter sequence from the last
OK, so I partook of the 12 hour marathon today, so maybe I was a little too hyped up on sugar and $2 hotdogs...It wasn't that bad. Was it as good as the ones that have come before it? No. Was it over the top, loud, senseless action? Yes. Has McClane morphed into this invincible force rather than the "wrong guy, wrong place, right time" hero he was? Yes. Did it have a slow non-sensical begining? Yes. Did it have an action sequence that suddenly made the jet fighter sequence from the last one entirely plausible? YES!!! The story was loose, but right in line with other films (it is all about the Benjamin's in the Die Hard world). And I disagree that he took second banana to his son. Jack got to do cooler stuff because he is young enough to. At the end of the day, I had a blast, and that is all that matters to me. Plus, even a bad Die Hard movie is better than 90% of the other shit that is out there. I would give it a 7/10. I mean come on, it had a slow motion middle finger in it.
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3:29AM on 02/14/2013
That's too bad. I just don't like the fact that he has become this type of 'invincible superhero'. At least the first one seemed realistic in some parts, but now you don't really feel like he is in any danger. And that takes away from the quality of the character and franchise.

I think if this one does poorly then they should have this be the last one. Obviously they don't care anymore and especially Willis if he just sits back and lets the once great quality of this franchise go down the
That's too bad. I just don't like the fact that he has become this type of 'invincible superhero'. At least the first one seemed realistic in some parts, but now you don't really feel like he is in any danger. And that takes away from the quality of the character and franchise.

I think if this one does poorly then they should have this be the last one. Obviously they don't care anymore and especially Willis if he just sits back and lets the once great quality of this franchise go down the drown with each sub par sequel (4 and 5 specifically).
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2:49AM on 02/14/2013
That is really too bad. I actually liked Live Free a lot. It didn't matter to me how they had changed McClane, Willis was great in that flick and it was a fantastic action film. I was planning to see this, but I think I'll pass. It doesn't even sound like a passable action flick. Heck, Beautiful Creatures is getting better reviews. How is that even possible? A damn shame.
That is really too bad. I actually liked Live Free a lot. It didn't matter to me how they had changed McClane, Willis was great in that flick and it was a fantastic action film. I was planning to see this, but I think I'll pass. It doesn't even sound like a passable action flick. Heck, Beautiful Creatures is getting better reviews. How is that even possible? A damn shame.
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2:42AM on 02/14/2013
Time to sign the divorce papers. I'll be avoiding this like its Blues Brothers 2000.

I'll spend Valentine's Day watching the first paintball episode of Community, drinking watered down champagne and reminiscing about Nakatomi Plaza.
Time to sign the divorce papers. I'll be avoiding this like its Blues Brothers 2000.

I'll spend Valentine's Day watching the first paintball episode of Community, drinking watered down champagne and reminiscing about Nakatomi Plaza.
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2:33AM on 02/14/2013
Same score I gave it. I really wanted to like this one too, such a shame. I was disappointed that Yuliya Snigir's catsuit-strip scene was cut short too, but by the end of the movie it was the least of my gripes. I left the theatre kind of bewildered, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Same score I gave it. I really wanted to like this one too, such a shame. I was disappointed that Yuliya Snigir's catsuit-strip scene was cut short too, but by the end of the movie it was the least of my gripes. I left the theatre kind of bewildered, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
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2:30AM on 02/14/2013
What a travesty. What the hell was Fox thinking handing the series to the likes of John Moore and Skip Woods???
What a travesty. What the hell was Fox thinking handing the series to the likes of John Moore and Skip Woods???
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3:00PM on 02/14/2013
Isn't it obvious? A studio director and a studio writer could make the movie Fox wanted, without the interference of "creativity" or "originality." Skip Woods and John Moore are the proxies for Fox. In reality, this film was written and directed by the studio.
Isn't it obvious? A studio director and a studio writer could make the movie Fox wanted, without the interference of "creativity" or "originality." Skip Woods and John Moore are the proxies for Fox. In reality, this film was written and directed by the studio.
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