Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Die Hard

It may be time to put the “Die Hard” series to rest.  Of course, the box office for “A Good Day to Die Hard” may tell a different story.  Suffice it to say that the fifth film in the series is the weakest of the bunch.

John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to help his estranged son find his way out of prison.  When he arrives, it seems Jack (Jai Courtney) doesn’t need any help.  An explosion at a Moscow courthouse destroys the building, killing just about everyone except, of course, Jack and his fellow inmate, a Russian whistleblower and all around rich guy (Sebastian Koch). The two escape with Bruce Willis in tow.

That’s about as much of the plot that I reveal here.  Wait a minute! That’s almost the entire plot.  The rest of the film is a series of chases and explosions.  So many, in fact, it reminds me of a monster truck rally.  People go to them, but I honestly wonder why sometimes.

The special effects were impressive, but unless you have a good story to go with it, they mean nothing.  The story is dumbed down to the point that you question whether the writers even know whether Chernobyl (site of that massive nuclear disaster) is in Ukraine.  “A Good Day to Die Hard” has a heavily armed helicopter cruising over to Chernobyl without even being challenged by the Ukrainian military.  Not likely, since the two countries don’t actually get along.  This is just a big, dumb action flick written by people who don’t seem to know even the most basic information about the former Soviet Union.

To quote SCTV, “May the good lord take a likin’ to you and blow you up real soon.”  Grade: D

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