Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
Directed by: John Moore
Written By: Skip Woods
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 38 min
This should have been called, A Good Way To Kill Off The Die Hard Franchise! What an awful film. The story is your basic action movie nonsense. The script a parade of some of the most cliched rubbish I’ve ever heard. The action isn’t even any good. Poorly filmed and edited, and at times so over the top it just becomes cartoonish and ridiculous. Beyond all that, the film doesn’t even have the good sense not to take itself to seriously. While watching it I got the feeling that Bruce Willis knew he was making a dud, and hardly even tried to bring the John McClane character back to screen. All we got was an aging action star phoning it in, and it was actually distressing to watch the franchise take this direction.
If you are going to see this, try not to expect a Die Hard movie. This film is so far removed from the other films in the franchise it’s ridiculous. Just switch off and expect a mindless stupid action film, and you may get something from the experience.
Best viewing format:
The action operates on a ridiculous scale so a matinee showing might work. At home a HD showing, but please rent it first. Don’t commit to buying it until you’ve seen it. Personally, the presence of this film in any future Die Hard Blu-ray compilation would stop me buying the set. I’d like to pretend this film didn’t even exist. Let alone be considered one of the Die Hard films.
Worst element for me:
It’s one thing to create a dull story, and then flesh it out with hammy dialog. But when you can’t even get the action right. Wow, that’s almost an accomplishment in itself. The framing on some of the shots seemed off and the editing ham-fisted. The action was also taken to such ridiculous levels that it quickly becomes unrealistic and boring to watch.