A Good Day to Die Hard

On Friday night I returned to the Studio Movie Grill to see the latest installment of the Die Hard series, A Good Day to Die Hard.   I had big expectations for this movie, as Live Free or Die Hard is one of my favorite movies of all time.  This, my friends, is no Live Free or Die Hard.  (**SPOILER ALERT** this review may contain spoilers.  Continue reading at your own risk)

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the latest installment of John McClane’s misadventures as there were enough explosions and gun fights to please any action-movie fan, but this film had to have the most “WTF is going on?” moments of all time in the history of cinema.  And no, I’m not talking Inception “I went to the bathroom and now I’m completely lost” type of “WFT is going on?”, I mean “this shit doesn’t make any sense how are they doing this” type of  “WTF is going on?”

The amount of coincidences and right place, right time moments in this movie is absurd. I’m trying my best not to completely ruin it for you, but the climax takes part in Chernobyl where just about everyone but John McClain and his son are walking around in biohazard suits.  Apparently the 007 of Plainfield New Jersey and his offspring are immune to radiation.

I hope in the next Die Hard film, John McClane grows an extra finger and has to save his son from the gigantic tumor in his brain.  At least it would show some sort of continuity and consequence for their actions in A Good Day to Die Hard.  I have to admit that even with all the WTF moments, I left the movie satisfied.  If you go into the theater with the mindset that you want to see things explode and not a cinematic masterpiece, you won’t be too disappointed.  2.5 Stars… and I’m probably being a bit generous.

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  • Dan O.

    Awesome review. This film almost felt “forced” and it felt like there was not much thought put into it, especially the script. McClane is known for his famous one-liners but this film just goes over the top with them and repeats old ones.

    • Hook

      thanks for reading Dan O. I was about 7 or 8 beers deep when I saw it. I agree the script was terrible. This should be the movie to kill the franchise, but it won’t be.

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