Film Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

| 21 March , 2013 | 1 Reply

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Directed by: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3 / 5

The Die Hard franchise has come up with another one for all the fans out there. Bruce Willis is back as John McClane and he is still able to kick some serious butt. He’s not looking for a fight this time, or isn’t that always the case? Poor guy, trouble just follows him. It’s some years later as he is on his way to help his somewhat lost son who seems to have gotten himself in a bit of trouble, again. Sound familiar? Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from this tree.


Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) is definitely a McClane and early on, we see that danger follows the whole family, well at least the boys. Dad comes to find Jack, our lovely Aussie and Inside Film Magazine’s 2012 rising talent candidate is looking pretty fine! If you’re not into the explosions, gore and crazy antics of the ‘bad guys’, then you at least have some pretty great eye candy.


Father and son meet up in Russia. Dad is there to surprise young Jack, but it seems that Jack has some surprises for dear old Dad. In fact, on that note, I am thinking that the action films for Bruce are getting a bit old, or is it him? I love Bruce, always have, and he was hilarious in the expendables but I am more inclined to like the newer styles of action heroes like the Bourne and Taken style. I really love that kick ‘em down with ease whilst wearing a suit kinda style. Haivng said that, there is something about ridiculously big explosions that is exciting.


This film has got some really fancy, explosive and incredulous scenes. What’s great is, it starts from the very beginning, so you have to strap yourself in, that’s for sure. Russia has got some nasty characters and, at the bottom of it all, there is deception abound.

It turns out that John and Jack need to work together to get through some pretty tough moments that their history may not have prepared them for. Jack isn’t happy with Dad and whilst John McClane was saving the world, it turns out he was neglecting his family. They haven’t bonded in a way that either is happy with, so why not try it under heavy gunfire and a bit of espionage, like any true family Christmas really!


Will they be able to overcome their differences to work out which bad guys are which? You’ll have to see it to believe it. It’s not the favourite of my Die Hard movies, but it’s got the same flavour and we love that.

Die hard runs in the blood! See it in cinemas now.


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  1. Dan O. says:

    Great review Monique. The script was very forced, I didn’t laugh for a single moment, and John McClane became such an anti-hero here, unlike the previous films.

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