Not only is the original DIE HARD (1988) my favorite action film of all time, but also it defined the genre in the late 1980’s and inspired a generation of films to come after. The sequel DIE HARD 2 (1990) was a bit of a disappointment as it defied credibility in a lot of ways. DIE HARD 3: WITH A VENGEANCE (1995) recaptured the magic a bit and I know I’m in the minority, but I really liked LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (2007). It’s my second favorite in the series. 

That brings us to A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD…Ummmm…it’s not very good and that’s being kind. 

John McClane (Bruce Willis) heads to Russia to deal with the arrest of his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) who is accused of murder. Unbeknownst to John, Jack is actually a CIA Agent on assignment and that mission is far from over. 

Before you know it, John has gotten involved and unless these two don’t start seeing eye to eye this will certainly be the last of the Die Hard films. 

The most egregious aspect of the film is that it just doesn’t feel like a DIE HARD movie. Worst than that, John is practically a supporting character, as Jack takes front and center with John bumbling behind making wise cracks and being a downer. 

On top of that, the plot is rather thin and uninspired. It seems like just an excuse for some over the top action set pieces that get tedious after a while. 

There’s not much to like here and it’s a shame that they are running the franchise into the ground. Granted, they probably should have stopped after Part 3, but at least the 4th installment was worthwhile and a great way to bring the series into the 21st century. 

They’ve already announced DIE HARD 6 and supposedly that will be the last one. I hope they go out with a bang instead of a whimper. They’ve already tarnished the memory of a truly classic film that I deeply admire.


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APRIL 21, 2014