Movie Review: “A Good Day to Die Hard”

By Gerardo Yepez

“A Good Day to Die Hard” was released Feb. 14, staring Bruce Willis making his return to the role of John McLane.

In “A Good Day to Die Hard” John McLane who has retired from being a cop who wants nothing more than to enjoy the rest of his retirement. Unfortunately, McLane is notified that his son who he has not seen in years is in hot water in Russia.

Once again, trouble finds McLane as he ventures to Russia trying to get his son back.

Walking into the theatre there was a sight not normally seen, a near empty theatre room with only a few in attendance. This is not a normal occurrence in a theatre.

I went in blind to the theatre that day, as I did not see any previews prior to the movie. I did not know what kind of “Die Hard” I was walking into, but was excited to see what Willis and the “Die Hard” series had to offer.

I was entertained but had a higher expectation for the movie.

Now some people may say I am expecting too much from an action flick but this is not the case. I had relatively low expectations but the movie failed to deliver above that.

Although it did not meet my expectations, the movie is not completely broken. I was entertained for the most, the movie felt very formulaic.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” did change a little this time around in introducing a new character in John McLane Jr.

The chemistry between the two actors was not good but it was not terrible. The banter between the two actors’ characters was comedic at times even though some of the dialogue did not feel natural between a son and father.

It almost felt as if they had just met and were going from point A to point B in delivering their lines to progress the story.

The relationship between John McLane and his son is complicated to say the least. The two have family issues and McLane tries to patch up their relationship by helping his son.

At first his son does not respond well and instead calls his father by his first name, which is said with bland emotion from the actor. This is a recurring theme up until the end, which made the story feel far too predictable.

The movie’s main theme is along the lines of “family never dies” with a father-son twist on it. One thing that I couldn’t help but notice was that it released on Valentine’s Day.

That was a bad mistake as I feel it would have been much more appropriate to have it hit the silver screen on Father’s Day instead.

Although the date would probably do little to improve the movie it would have made a lot more sense.

Verdict: Overall, I think the movie was entertaining but often had a few hiccups along the way that hindered its performance.

A good day for this movie to have died hard would have been on Father’s Day instead of Valentine’s Day.

If I had a chance to go back in time I would have much rather waited for it to come out at Redbox.


3 Comments on “Movie Review: “A Good Day to Die Hard””

  1. Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955), known professionally as Bruce Willis, is a German-born American actor, producer, and musician. His career began in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting (1985–1989) and has continued both in television and film since, including comedic, dramatic, and action roles. He is well known for the role of John McClane in the Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and uniformly financial successes. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including box office successes like Pulp Fiction (1994).^

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