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A Good Day to Die Hard – movie review

Fifth in the Die Hard series


With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. A Good Day to Die Hard movie review…

This is the fifth in the series of the action films Die Hard which began with Die Hard in 1988.

In all the four previous films John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis), is a New York City police detective who finds himself fighting a group of terrorists.

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane, an iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop, who for the first time finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) – unaware that his son is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist.

A high-ranking corrupt Russian officer in Moscow, Viktor Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov), plans on incriminating a political prisoner, a government whistleblower who is a former billionaire Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch).

Viktor is bent on framing Komarov without a fair trial as he refuses to hand over a secret file believed to have convicting evidence against Chagarin.

The Russians have arrested the junior McClane – Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) as a result of an assassination, and is forced to testify against Komarov for a shorter sentence.

John McClane (Bruce Willis), who has not been in touch with his son for ages, comes to hear of this situation, and takes on his journey to Russia to get his son out of this situation.

It is a fast paced action film, with empty, pointless action at times, yet it’s a treat to see the detective blowing up cars, chasing the terrorists and its action, action all throughout.

Though it appears silly with McClane and his son jumping from heights, fighting like a ‘superhero’ and creating mayhem around him.

A Good Day to Die Hard doesn’t come near its earlier versions in terms of a proper story and emotional angles, it still has stylish action set in Russia.

Directed by John Moore
Produced by Alex Young, Wyck Godfrey
Screenplay by Skip Woods
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography – Jonathan Sela
Editing by Dan Zimmerman
Studio – Giant Pictures, TSG Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Bruce Willis
Jai Courtney
Sebastian Koch
Yuliya Snigir
Radivoje Bukvić
Cole Hauser

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