Despite gathering increasingly negative reviews from film critics and everyday film lovers alike, I was still drawn to see A Good Day to Die Hard like Bruce Willis to a machine gun. There’s something about the New York cop who just wants to get on with his day that I’ve always liked, and I wasn’t going to miss the latest instalment!
I’m not a fan of the chosen release date. Valentine’s Day? Really?! It seemed like a release date intended for lonely guys to get together and persuade themselves they don’t need a woman when they’ve got the fellas around. I expect plenty of male bonding went on in cinemas across the world that day. How sweet!
Based this time in Russia, John McClane is once more the all-American action hero that fans of the franchise are drawn to. Unfortunately, McClane is a little more Captain America than the Average Joe who fans had initially rooted for, and this loses some of the much-loved kind of realism people enjoyed with the first instalment.
The action is pretty intense, and starts from the get-go. A car chase that leaves you fearing for the entire Russian population sets us up for the fire-laden special effects event that the Die Hard franchise has become.
The main problem with this film is that it takes itself far too seriously. We loved the first few instalments because of the way they showcased how action can be awesome, whilst also having a sense of humour. Willis delivers his one-liners with a certain amount of knowing wit and a snide smile, but it’s just not the same.
Essentially, A Good Day to Die Hard is the story of John McClane with self-awareness. He’s still an insurer’s nightmare, he still doesn’t want to be in these situations, but now he knows he can handle them.