The ‘Die Hard’ franchise was brought back in 2007 with ‘Live Free and Die Hard’, and while not of the same caliber as the original or even the first sequel, it was still an enjoyable movie that had laughs and action. Well, 2013 is here and it brought with it a 5th installment to the franchise in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, a return of John McClane and family to our movie theatres.
This movie once again tried to buck the recent trend of movie franchises trying and failing to pass the torch to a younger generation (we are looking at you, Indiana Jones) as Bruce Willis was back to star alongside Jai Courtney as John McClane Jr.
The one thing that this movie was severely lacking was a good father-son dynamic and as a result of that, it definitely hurt the overall impact of the movie. Trying to force a passing of the torch down our throats is never going to work and the sooner Hollywood realizes that, the better of we will all be.
The action in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ was everything you would expect it to be in this day and age, most of the humour was well done, and the final twist was still something I did not 100% expect, and those are all positives for this movie to bring it up to a level that was still acceptable.
There were times during this movie that I felt the believability was a little lacking, but the more that I think about it, the more I feel I need to watch it again and not be so harsh on that factor, as this franchise as a history of suspending belief and doing it well.
If you are a fan of the ‘Die Hard’ franchise than ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ is well worth a viewing, but as one of my top ten must see movies of 2013, I did find it lacking in overall performance.
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