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A Good Day to Die Hard Movie Review
Jack: “Let me ask you something…do you go looking for trouble or does it always just seem just to find you?”
McClane: “Ya’ know after all these years, I still ask myself that same question.” ~ A Good Day to Die Hard
John McClane is back in this fifth installment in the very popular Die Hard Series. Bruce Willis plays John McClane a coast-to-coast police detective throughout the series. A Good Day to Die Hard has McClane traveling to Russia after his son, Jack. McClane believes his son is in trouble so he travels to Russia to bring him home. Unbeknownst to McClane, however, his son is actually a deep, undercover CIA agent.
As his daughter drops McClane off at airport she warns him to “not mess things up this time.” We all know John McClane, however, and we know that trouble is his middle name. From the first bomb that demolishes a row of parked cars, the action never quits. Thinking that he is just going to admonish his son for being a trouble maker, McClane soon finds out that his son is just as much an action-junkie as he is and vow that they are not going to die today.
Watching the evolution of the relationship between John and his son definitely made the movie. The kids were still very young in the first Die Hard movie and we’ve only had the opportunity to see him interact with his daughter in one movie. This movie brings the family, without the mother, full circle and we get to see him “pass the reigns” over to his son to take over.
The good thing about McClane’s character is that he’s solid and doesn’t change much through the entire Die Hard series. Despite the fact that the first Die Hard was released in 1988, decades later we are still watching him leap buildings and shoot the bad guys while maintaining the incredible, sarcastic sense of humor that has always made the audience laugh.
There comes a time, however, when every action hero should maintain their dignity and know when it’s time to give up action movies. I think that Willis was definitely able to squeeze out this one last Die Hard action-thriller before it’s time to hang up his cape. There is nothing sadder than an action hero playing roles when they are past their prime. Watching Willis in this installment, however, reminds us of how great an actor he is.
Running time:1 hr. 37 min.
Action & Adventure
Directed By: John Moore
I first saw this movie in the theaters; however, it is now part of my personal DVD collection.
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