Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Action superstar Bruce Willis (“The Expendables,” “Red”) reprises his legendary role of NYPD Detective John McClaine in “A Good Day to Die Hard.”

In the latest addition to the “Die Hard” franchise, director John Moore (“Max Payne,” “Behind Enemy Lines”), takes McClaine to Russia to bail his estranged son Jack, played by Jai Courtney (“Jack Reacher”), out of trouble only to end up in a situation where he is the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time, as usual.

Prior to his father’s arrival in Moscow, Jack is arrested for attempted murder and is thrown in jail. What McClaine doesn’t know is that Jack is a deep-cover CIA operative assigned to protect a notorious whistleblower named Yuri Komarov, played by Sebastian Koch (“Unknown”).

Komarov has secret intel regarding the incident at Chernobyl and many higher ups in the Russian government want him silenced, including a man named Alik, played by Rasha Bukvic (“Taken”).

John McClaine is back in “A Good Day to Die Hard”

Jack is assigned to protect Kumarov, find the intel and have Komarov extracted from Russia but the plans change when McClaine intervenes. Now McClaine and his son are Komarov’s last line of defense against an army of Russian assassins secretly employed by the Russian government.

This is a worthy installment to an exciting franchise but the problem with “A Good Day to Die Hard,” is that it signifies that the franchise is getting stale and played out. It has all of the hallmarks of the classic “Die Hard” films but the movie itself has offers nothing new to the franchise that hasn’t been seen or done before.

Bruce Willis gives a standard performance as wise-cracking, cocky terrorist-whacker John McClaine, which could be interpreted either a pro or con for the film. The rest of the cast, including Jai Courtney, Koch, and Bukvic are nothing short of average.

John Moore does a decent job directing this installment, but the overall problem with this movie is that it is cliche. There is nothing new that really blows audiences out of the water in terms of the action-film genre.

Sure it has guns, explosions and in-your-face violence but “A Good Day to Die Hard” isn’t that explosive enough to really make an impression.

It is more yippee ki-okay than yippee ki-yay.

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