Did anyone involved in making this movie even watch one of the previous Die Hard films? Seriously, you’d think the fact Bruce Willis is involved and presumably held quite a lot of power in the creative decision process this film would half resemble a Die Hard film. Just a reminder of the basic Die Hard film stories: -
Die Hard – Terrorists take-over a building and hold the hostages for ransom in a scheme to steal some corporate bonds. John McClane reluctantly finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and fights to save the hostages and prevent the terrorists plan.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder - Terrorists take-control of an airport and hold it for ransom in order to rescue a drug dealing terrorists. John McClane reluctantly finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time again and fights to save the passengers and prevent the terrorists plan.
Die Hard With A Vengeance - Terrorists hold a city to ransom in order to steal gold bullion. John McClane reluctantly finds himself forced into the plans and fights to save the city and prevent the terrorists plan.
Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0) - Terrorists hold part of a country to ransom for financial gain using computer technology. John McClane reluctantly finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time again and fights to prevent the terrorists plan.
Now, whatever you opinion on the fourth film is, at least everyone involved tried to keep it in line with Die Hard franchise theme. Yes, they didn’t quite get the feel right but it still stood up as a half decent action film. To put this into context I’ll try and put the little story of the fifth film into similar summary.
A Good Day To Die Hard – John McClane travels to Russia to help his son (who doesn’t actually need help as he’s on an undercover CIA mission) then follows his son around and actively throws himself into danger even though he’s not sure why or what’s going on (to be fair neither does the audience). There is something to do with finding a file and some nuclear plan, but nothing comes to fruition and doesn’t really make any sense. No terrorists. No ransom. No wrong place, no wrong time.
The script is literally terrible, there is no character or story development, character motivations change purely to (try and) shock the audience rather than making any sense, the plot doesn’t seem to even know what it’s aiming for.
I’m pretty sure some awesome action was produced for this film, however it’s been shot and edited in such a choppy fashion it’s impossible to tell what’s going on, or where people are in relation to one another. The director John Moore seriously needs to take a film-making class on spacial awareness.
But hey, Bruce Willis is in it, that must be good right? No.
John McClane has turned into a crazy old man, who speaks to himself constantly and even when the people he’s aiming his quips at clearly can’t hear him he carries on. He also boasts “How McClane’s kill scumbags! That’s’ what we do” which is just weird; I’m pretty sure in all the previous films the people he killed were out of self-defence and he didn’t boast about it after.
I’m not going to waste too much time on AGDTDH anymore, as the film is so below par on nearly every level, it really doesn’t deserve your time or money, and definitely not to be a part of the Die Hard franchise. Why do Fox keep doing this, do they not want to protect their franchises?
I’ll be trying to forget this as soon as possible.
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