A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

The Die Hard everyone hates!  But it has spies!  Well, one at least.

I’m a diehard fan of the series from back when Snape was falling off a skyscraper.  I liked all 4 and sometimes all 5.  The actors are okay and the film-making is up to reasonable modern standards.  The plot isn’t great but that’s not usually a problem.  At this point, it’s less about whether it was a good movie.  It was okay, not great but okay.  The real question lies in trying to find the words to describe why they don’t like it.  I’ll give it a shot.

We don’t care about Bruce Willis or his son.

There, that’s it in a nutshell.  We don’t particularly care if they live or die or what they do.  As many people have said before, some actors are just playing themselves after memorizing some lines (or reading it offscreen).  Bruce Willis as an actor has basically been the same character SO MANY TIMES that it gets boring seeing him in a movie.  Jai Courtney is alright but we have as much involvement in his life up to this point as Willis does.  It’s another forgettable action movie that doesn’t really stand out.  It’s like they took a mediocre screenplay and stapled the “Die Hard” logo on it.

What could they have done or better yet, still do?

In Live Free or Die Hard, we see John McClane reunited with his daughter.  In A Good Day to Die Hard we see him reunited with his son.  Obviously the 6th and final installment should bring the whole story full circle and bring back Bonnie Bedelia.  Put some awesome story-writers on that one and you will literally kill at the box office.  It’s time.  Bring her back!  I even have your title – Die Hard: Redemption.