Bruce Willis returns in the fifth installment of the "Die Hard" franchise, titled "A Good Day to Die Hard". NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
It's been six years since the last Die Hard movie and believe it or not, twenty five years have passed since this franchise, that made Bruce Willis an action star, began. Now comes the fifth installment. It's called A Good Day To Die Hard.
The bare-bones plot brings Willis' John McClane to Moscow to check on his son, played by Jai Courtney, who, to McClane's total surprise, is working as a CIA operative.
Father and son, who initially have a frosty relationship, wind up working together to take down a corrupt Russian official and try to free a political prisoner who might know the whereabouts of a secret file.
But the extremely weak storyline is low on the priority list for director John Moore, who concentrates his efforts almost entirely on overly long action sequences, which are an assault on the senses.
There's a ridiculous twenty minute, over the top, car chase scene. There's constant machine gun fire with bullets firing off endless rounds of ammo. Plus there's other ludicrous sequences involving helicopters, explosions and unconvincing CGI, with the two leads leaping out of ten story windows and surviving with barely a scratch.
Whatever fun there was to be had in any of the previous films is completely absent here. No funny lines from Willis and no real script to speak of. In fact, the characters barely speak at all. There's no character development as McClane and his kid also have no rapport.
Yes, there's the obligatory "yippie-ki-yay" line, but it's delivered joylessly, like everything else in the movie.
I like action scenes, but only if I care about the characters or the story. This latest chapter in a once entertaining series, offers neither. Sitting through the latest Die Hard is like watching someone else play a poorly designed video game.
Since he sleepwalks through the entire movie, one wonders why Willis signed on to this headache-inducing, uninvolving piece of junk.
A Good Day to Die Hard? I say a good time to end this series.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating Scale: One apple