Skip to comments.'A Good Day to Die Hard' review: Yippee-ki-whatever (1/2 star)
Posted on 02/13/2013 9:54:18 AM PST by Perdogg
Well before John McClane (Bruce Willis) calls his CIA operative son Jack (Jai Courtney) "007 of Plainfield, New Jersey," "A Good Day to Die Hard" already feels more like a Bond movie ("Die-monds Are Forever"?) than what it is, "Die Hard 5."
Or is it "Terminator" or "Taken" or ...? Following the example set by the moronic "Live Free or Die Hard"--which only got worse by casting Justin Long as the personification of a yippy dog--"A Good Day to Die Hard" now depicts formerly relatable cop McClane as an indestructible force. He survives the unsurvivable and smells trouble before there's any in the air. He's never surprised and never shaken, even when he flies to Moscow to rescue his son and lands in the middle of a shootout/car chase. Eh, just another day for the man who always saves it.
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It’s just a fun movie.
My Valentine’s Day gift from my husband - so excited.
(Really disappointed he wont take me to the 11pm showing tonight)
Media panning it means that I’ll probably want to see it.
Bruce Willis is going to lose credibility with the leftist Hollywood machine for being anti-gun, but it’s for that reason and many others that I find Willis classier with age. I’ll never get tired of his cowboy-ish Die Hard movies, and this one will probably live up to all my expectations.
We knew when they dropped it in a February opening there would be issues. But I’ll still see it.
Brother and I are hitting the 10p showing tonight.
Maybe I'm dumb, but this phrase doesn't add up for me.
Sorry... I meant PRO-gun.
Maybe Bruce meant North Plainfield, NJ... I don’t think there are any White people in Plainfield.
Its just a fun movie. My Valentines Day gift from my husband - so excited. (Really disappointed he wont take me to the 11pm showing tonight)
I, otoh, have promised my bride I will take her to see "Safe Haven" for Valentine's Day. I think you got the better deal.
Sounds really stupid. The 1st one was cool.
After that they weren’t even worth renting.
I grew up in Plainfield in the Fifties. Different town then . Now it looks like a Dominican slum.
I like Bruce Willis but, just like Sly, he’s resurrecting this character to get a paycheck. There is a time to let characters fade off into the sunset.
Let’s guess, the author is a gun control advocate and is mad at Bruce for stating obvious truths.
I’ll bet you’re right. He probably DVR’d Barry’s State of the Union Show last night so he can watch it over and over again.
Say this in a whiny ten year old voice - lucky!
While I'm interested in the analysis of some critics, I try not to let them influence my decision on whether or not to see a movie.
I sure did.
I do not like those sappy “girly movies” - boring!!!
No need to read any further. The last Die Hard was as good as the rest of them.
Looking forward to the new one.
Now Mrs. Lucky is a girl worth keeping. She's getting me a Blue Tick Coonhound for Valentine's day.
Who cares what some faggot thinks.
You are to funny, my failing marriage is approaching 41 years. :-)
My husband asked me what I wanted to do, I said the movie.
About 20 years ago, he got me the three set of the Terminator movies. ;-)
Last year my daughter got a coonhound to be a friend to her ridgeback, that coonhound dog was wild.
She could jump straight up on the table, like she was full of springs instead of legs.
Fortunately, my daughter found a forever home that had another coonhound, on a big country property....the dog is living the life of Reilly now.
Enjoy the dog and your day.
The last Die Hard (2007) was so dumb.... I won’t be bothering with this one
Is the lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead in this one ?
Sheesh. CGI is great when it supports a good story. But who wants to just see explosions, or an absurd super-human surviving ridiculous situations?
Just got back. Not really a Die Hard movie, but mindless fun. Not sure if it was added late or not, but great line about mid-way through when Bruce tells the baddies to “come and get them.”
Wow...that boy had a head full o’ hair back in the day, didn’t he?
hard to believe it”s been that long ago since the first movie
This movie is on my to-do list this weekend.
I’ve seen “Skyfall” 3 times OnDemand since it came out on Tuesday. I’m obsessed...
Visually, it is a good movie.
I wanted to get a pair of the boots he wore in finally part of the movie, but the Crockett and Jones Islay boots were $785 a pair.
Those boots were phenomenal...
I read that there were 85 Tom Ford suits made — the ‘ugly ass’ suit he wore on the opening Istanbul car/train chase — and that he wore it on 85 or so different occasions during takes...
Watched “Quantum of Solace” again last night. He really, really LOVED Vesper. (It’s nice to see his feelings & emotions show up once in a while...)
Out of the three Bond movies with Craig as Bond, I’m really torn between “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as to which is my favorite. I enjoyed them both tremendously — as with “Quantum of Solace” as well...
Setting aside the wildly improbable plot, there were two major flaws
1) The script needed more work. If this had snappier dialog the inanity of the story line could be forgiven.
2) The appallingly bad cinematography. Jonathan Sela appears to be the culprit.
Constant shaking of the camera, in my opinion, is a sure sign that the cinematographer and the director, John Moore< had zero confidence in themselves or the fundamental strength of the project.
Cute evil Russian girl though!
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