Friday, May 30, 2014

Now at Netflix: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) - Directed by John Moore; Written by Skip Woods; Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch.

By Kenny Howell

At some point along the line, John McClane became a superhero.

I think it was the third film when McClane (Willis, Red 2) fell about 150 feet then rubbed his knees because he got an ouchie. That isn't to say that there wasn't some ridiculous things in the first two films, there was to an extent, but at that time, McClane still felt like a normal detective using his abilities to take down the bad guys. Now he is driving cars on the top of traffic, falling hundreds of feet down some scaffolding, and much more craziness.

In this one, he is going to Russia to visit his son. He just happens to get there while a major heist is going on, and his son is a part of it. Turns out, he is a spy, and the two are pulled together to work on beating the bad guys.

The movie went back to a R rating for this one after the PG-13 Live Free or Die Hard, but aside from some cussing, the violence itself probably doesn't warrant the rating. The first two films were violent and fun. The third one started to get ridiculous and the fourth was a PG-13 movie for 12 year olds. All of them had over the top scenes that went to exaggerated glee, but not nearly enough. If you are going to move McClane out of the real world into more of a comic book style, then go for broke. This one doesn't do it nearly enough, and it is just as forgettable as the last two.

Rating: *

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