“A Good Day to Die Hard”
is not a “Die Hard” movie. It’s an ugly, tired, dull action flick that regurgitates everything grand from the 1988 classic. It has no soul or point. It's an abomination. A cash grab by tired people who do not care anymore. Five minutes in I hated it. A tired Bruce Willis is “John McClane” -– quotes needed -– who bolts to Moscow to save his grown CIA agent son (Jai Courtney) stuck with a murder rap. The short of it: John and John go Roy Rogers on a pack of
terrorists, one of whom eats carrots. Really. It all ends in Chernobyl in a swimming pool. Not joking. Actually, nothing here is funny. What’s worse: The Tea Party way director John Moore treats all foreigners as stupid trolls, or the way he turns McClane -– long ago scared, bleeding, but
desperate to do right -– into some Stallone blockhead that the first film so beautifully refused? There is not even a delicious villain to root for. Twinkies were the food choice in 1988. This is a shit served cold. Yippee-ki-yay mother F.
I love movies that thrill, challenge, move and excite me, no matter their genre, origin, year of creation, or language. I detest being pandered to and insulted, or blinded by glitz. For the sport of writing I will keep my reviews to 200 words or less. Not always, but for the most part. Some films demand a long response, be they great, bad, or simply baffling. I am a writer by trade, and if I cannot be precise, I need to be silent. Also know this: I do not turn my brain off or leave my brain at the door when I watch a movie, I have plenty of time to not think after I die. Hope you enjoy, even if you disagree.
And ... The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Apartment (1960), Apocalypse Now (1979), Badlands (1973), Blue Velvet (1986), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Conversation (1974), Die Hard (1988), Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), A Face in the Crowd (1957), The French Connection (1971), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Goodfellas (1990), The Incredibles (2004), L.A. Confidential (1997), Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), Memento (2001), Miller's Crossing (1990), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), The Producers (1968), Ran (1985), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Toy Story (1995), Tree of Life (2011), Unforgiven (1992), The Wages of Fear (1953)