Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 4th March 2013
In cinemas everywhere from 14th February 2013
Directed by: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney
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This is bad movie and no excuses can even be made. If this is the final film of the highly entertaining franchise, then Bruce Willis have all but put nail in the coffin, rather than leaving a legacy of sorts like his action counterparts in Stallone’s “Rocky” and “Rambo” series. In fact, “A Good Day to Die Hard” should be renamed as a bad day in the office, as the film so terrible that it borderline boredom. How Willis and Jai Courtney can take themselves seriously is really beyond me. To be fair, there are some signature “Die Hard” good bits, namely the opening explosions and massive car chase and the fact the Willis is in Russia to save his son to kick some serious butts. However, everything after that just went on auto pilot, piling up with cinematic shortcuts and a brain failure of script and neglecting a proper finale. This is not just disappointing film, it is a film that is beyond repair and nothing, not even Willis’s trademark smirk can save it from shattering into pieces of disposable garbage.
Bruce Willis is not a bad actor, but in recent years his filmography has become almost Steven Seagal-like and therefore it is actually a sign of relief to see Willis back in his signature role. My god, he fails and fails miserably. Willis used to have wonderful screen presence and is able to command an audience to the screen like an everyday hero, even when he is retorting to excessive smirking. However in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, Willis is constantly overshadowed by the already un-charismatic Jai Courtney (who plays his son, Jack). The pairing is amusing to say the least and they even manage to look alike to certain degree, but when both actors are simply boring to watch, it doesn’t exactly give life to the proceeding.
All in all, “A Good Day to Die Hard” suffers from poor direction (director of Max Payne – John Moore), deadpan plot-line and almost non-existent acting. Yes, the film manages to be big, loud and bombastic, but it Is also quite bland and monotone. When an action film is blowing up everything like crazy and the audience are still feeling totally empty and uninterested, it goes a long way to show how bad this hopefully finale to the “Die Hard” franchise really is. I don’t want to say it, but I probably have to, Mr. Bruce Willis, you should be hanged. (Neo 2013)
I rated it 3/10