Sunday, February 17, 2013

Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Director: John Moore

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Radivoje Bukvic, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Sergei Kolesnikov

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Yippee Ki-Yay Mother Russia

Plot: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This is the worst of the series (so far).  Why?  First of all it doesn't feel like a DIE HARD picture.  Bruce is in it and his name is McLane but he's not the focus of the picture; he's just there, participating.  I've got loads of suspension of disbelief and this picture takes everything I've got and then asks for more.  As a movie, it's OK popcorn fare.  The big-ass car chase early on has its moments of "well that was kind of cool" but then again, I was looking for something to like about that sequence.  It was pretty uneventful and really long (but never long enough if it's handled well).  Then there's other idiot stuff like McLane reading a Russian language file on his if he can read Russian (and we know he can't because of the cab ride once in Russia).  The biggest offender of all is the fucking use of shaky cam.  Look, it's one thing if you want to use it to create tension or pump up the action but it's another when two people are having a quiet moment with each other (and I'm talking about McLane and his son after a brutal confrontation with the bad guys), and it happens more than once.  It's amateurish and it cheapens the film.  I suspect that I'll like this entry even less whenever I break the seal on my DIE HARD Blu-ray set and make my way through the other four pictures.

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