Running Time: 96 mins
Director: John Moore
Writers: Roderick Thorp, Skip Woods (screenplay)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Amaury Nolasco
Synopsis: “Bruce Willis returns in his most iconic role as John McClane – the “real” hero with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing. This time the take-no-prisoners cop is really in the wrong place at the wrong time after traveling to Moscow to help his estranged son Jack. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes” (20th Century Fox Malaysia).
Verdict: Previously, John McClane takes on the entire army of villains to rescue his daughter from their lair and now, he takes on an army of villains in a foreign country to help his son. The structure of film is so typical that it would seem that writing an action movie script is easier than finishing a Monkey Island game (see spoiler section below). Let’s not even start with its lazily-written dialogues. Somehow, director John Moore (why in the world did they pick him for the job?!) even managed to make this now-bald, forever-complaining hero so annoying that you’d wanna shout, “Shut the fuck up, old man!” Simply put, A Good Day To Die Hard (otherwise known as Die Hard 5) is easily the worst instalment of the franchise but at least it has more enjoyable action sequences than Arnold and Stallone’s latest releases, and ultimately for this genre, that’s all that matters.
Second opinion: “It’s okay for me but I haven’t seen the other instalments” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: All vulgarities are so well muted that it’s barely noticeable. Besides that and the part where the chick strips, nothing more is cut (I think).
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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Textbook action movie structure: Prologue introducing the plot and villains – protagonist on a normal day – he’s handed with a problem – side plot filler – more problem reveals – car chase scene – appearance of hot babe love interest/villain – hero gets caught by villains – incompetent villains talk too much instead of killing the hero immediately – hero escapes – injury rest with a discussion to review the situation that turns into a heart-to-heart talk about their personal lives – back to more action – reconciliation with lover, friend or family member – climax final battle scene – fights main villain – deliver catchphrase and kills villain – explosions – slow motion walk with lame dialogues – the end. Oooookay.jpg.
Overly repeated phrase: “I’m on vacation!” Oh stop complaining, you grumpy old man who’s just fucked up your son’s day.
Ending / catchphrase scene: It involves a chopper… again! McClane jumps to the villain’s carrier helicopter, climbs into it and hops onto the car at the back that’s chained to the chopper. He says, “The shit we do for our kids… Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker,” before driving it out to drag the back of the helicopter down so that the front would face upwards. This is to prevent the chopper’s firing guns from getting his son. He jumps off the car into a building nearby and then jumps out of the building blindly (for the second time in the movie) when the crazy bitch villain does a kamikaze by crashing the chopper into the building. McClane lives to die another day with his son. Corny dialogues, slow motion walk, slow motion hugs and then comes the closing credits.
Chernobyl flaw? When they are in Chernobyl towards the end of the film, the bad guys use something (can’t recall what it is) to neutralise the radioactive contamination in the vault. First of all, if they had the technology to achieve that, why didn’t anyone do it to the entire city? Never mind that. They then all took off their hazmat suits and starts running around and fighting McClane outside of the vault in open air! If they weren’t worried about being exposed to any radiation, why bother wearing the suits in the first place?
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Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Malaysia for the invite to the screening.