Review: A Good Day To Die Hard
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Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney
Director John Moore
Indian Express Rating: *
It's a pity John McClane (Willis) doesn't wait around to read about this particular good day to die hard in newspapers in Moscow. Wonder how they would have put two gun-toting Americans, Chernobyl, explosions, enriched uranium, Russian defence minister, imprisoned billionaire, courtroom escape and a car chase massacre in one credible news report, without triggering a world crisis.
However, that can't be McClane's problem, can it? As he puts it, his job is to just "get all the scumbags".
Still, compared to the largely guiltily enjoyable Die Hard prequels, this fifth one shamelessly throws all incredulity aside to jumble together a film that doesn't hold back on firepower or body count, even as it perfunctorily throws in an angle involving McClane and estranged McClane Jr (Courtney), who has grown up to be a CIA agent. Plus, it has Chernobyl, WMDs, nukes and terrorism thrown into one very short sentence.
The Russians, expectedly, don't come out smelling of roses. The two Americans, they escape being shot at, blown up, run over, run into, bombarded with helicopter guns, jumping off buildings, exposure to radioactivity unscathed -- and joking about tetanus shots.