Good Day to Die Hard: Movie Review

Going into this movie, all I knew was that it was called “Die Hard” and that it had John McClane’s son.

Director: John Moore, Writers: Skip WoodsRoderick Thorp, Runtime 97 mins.

That all worked for me, until the movie started with dialogue. It probably had the worst written script of all of the Die Hard movies, or even all action movies of all time. Granted, maybe the director is garbage, (WHICH HE IS, HE DIRECTED THAT VERY POORLY DONE “Max Payne” motion picture) but from the lines said by all the actors, it was trash. Suffering from poor editing didn’t help either, but I’m jumping ahead too soon. Little to no plot is given as to why anything happens, it kinda just starts and you’re expected to tag along since you bought a ticket and try to understand why a grown man has daddy issues from a father clearly in his elder age (but in good form still). While he sorts out his daddy issues, the new father son duo must escort a Russian nuclear terrorist (wasn’t this the plot of expendables 2 minus the family aspect?). The biggest issue was the delivery of the lines and the way they’re shown. In the first 30 or so  mins, we’re treated to a brilliantly crafted car chase sequence, but it’s poorly visible thanks to my old friend (being sarcastic) “shaky camera” and the editing…

The editing was just as bad as the writing. Well somewhat. It had more flaws than it did positives, but I catch almost everything when watching movies. The car chase scene is very poor when it comes to continuity, and then just overall small things like make up, use of dialogue, stunt men for Bruce Willis, etc.

Stunt wise, I was very pleased. There were incredible feats done. A little hard to believe, but then again, in the last installment, a helicopter was taken out by a car.

Bottom line: The general idea of “Die Hard” is having an average Joe in the wrong place at the wrong time do the right thing. This entire format is found in all previous installments, but this one seemed more forced than a jedi mind trick (I’ve been waiting to use that.. Let me be). Nothing about this story is good, but thanks to the action it’s worth a peep. If you’re a legit Die Hard fan, this movie fails you. If you just wanna see things explode, and see bullets fly, then you can’t go wrong…. P.s. The yippee ki Yay line was the hardest thing I’ve ever seen Bruce Willis pull off.


  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 0 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2 out of 5,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  SKIP IT ENTIRELY. Or just download it.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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