If you want to feel old, ponder this - it is 25 years
since the first Die Hard movie was released. These films have
been going for so long that when they started Bruce Willis
still had hair.
Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch,
Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic
3 stars (out of 5)
A Good Day to Die Hard (Hoyts and Rialto) is a bit of a
departure from the previous four in that this is the first of
the five Die Hard films that was actually written as an
original Die Hard script.
Using other people's leftovers has worked well for the
franchise in the past, and maybe they should have stuck with
it because setting the film in Russia throws out the balance.
Previously we could buy into John McClane's over-the-top
behaviour because he was defending his home patch. A Good Day
to Die Hard has him buzzing off to Moscow because of some
trouble his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) is in.
Only it turns out that Jack is a CIA operative running an
elaborate mission to help a Russian dissident. Jack's mission
hits the fan and it turns out he needs his old man's help
Extreme family bonding has its laugh-out-loud moments, but
here we are laughing at McClane, not with him.
Best thing: There is a mad enjoyment to watching this,
especially if you put your brain in neutral.
Worst thing: Forget about believable - most of the
time it does not even make sense.
See it with: A soft spot for watching Willis jump off
By Christine Powley.