JUST before ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ began, it was introduced with clips from its red carpet premiere.
Jai Courtney, who plays the son of Bruce Willis’ detective John McClane, commented on the film saying, ‘it’s a popcorn flick’.
That’s the problem. The fifth entry into the Die Hard series feels like just another generic action film.
When John McClane’s estranged son Jack gets arrested in Russia, John is sent to collect him. John soon discovers that Jack is a spy working for the CIA and has to transport a political prisoner out of the country.
Other than Bruce Willis, there’s nothing here to make you think ‘Die Hard’. Include a side story about a confidential file and an undercover plot to ship uranium from Chernobyl, and you have a cliché, cold war era action movie, which happens to have John McClane in it.
The film is very slow at the onset and when it does get going, McClane’s son is the focal point. This leaves Bruce Willis as essentially a spectator in his own film. Jai Courtney isn’t particularly good as Jack, your typical ‘brooding tough guy’ archetype.
Unlike the other Die Hard films, there’s nothing memorable about this one.
I found even eleborate action scenes to be mainly dull. A 20-minute car chase near the beginning was very pedestrian (pardon the pun). Worst of all is both the amount and quality of CGI used. Scenes of Bruce Willis hanging out of an aeroplane, Bruce being thrown through a window and Jai Courtney running in slow motion seem like an advert for 3D and rank among the worst examples of CGI, I may have ever seen. That’s saying something.
‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ is a blemish on what had thusfar been an impeccable film series.
By Kelan Headley