In theatres from director John Moore, Dune Entertainment and 20th Century Fox is the triumphant return of the world’s favorite cop with GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
This film tells the story of John McClane (Bruce Willis), a New York Cop that has pretty much seen it all. Taking of Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, the taking of an airport in Washington and the revenge of lots of bad guys. Through his contacts, John has discovered that his son Jack (Jai Courtney) is in trouble. This isn’t just any kind of trouble, its Russian kind of trouble as Jack gets involved with unsavory characters. Thinking its time to step in and check on his son, he gets there just in time to see Jack stand trial in a Russian courtroom.
That would be how it normally would go unless you are a McClane as Jack escapes from the Russian authorities, hooks up with dad and family issues begin to surface. Along for the ride is Komarov (Sebastian Koch), a man wanted for the information he has regarding the accident at Chernobyl. With Russians to the left and the right, father and son need to put their differences aside and find out whose right, whose lying and whose to blame.
FINAL WORD: This is everything you’d expect from Bruce Willis as he has made the McClane role memorable. This time with his son (and previously with daughter Lucy), the DIE HARD films are getting to be a family affair. Here Willis is still witty, sarcastic, takes the hits but gives just as much. Do you have to see the previous films to understand this one? Certainly not. Is it cool to do so? Absolutely. Willis is the average man actor that men like and women love. Simple formula that has worked for this actor since his comedic days of the hit television show MOONLIGHTING.
Courtney as son Jack definitely has daddy issues, unresolved anger and a penchant for playing with heavy weaponry. The last two are definitely McClane traits and Courtney picks up on them quickly. He gets as good as he gives which is the only way this film could possibly work.
Koch as Komarov is an interesting character to play and that’s all I’m going to say about it. Once again its one of those times where its best to say to little. I have no heart in ruining films for anyone.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course I’m a fan of Willis, of course I’m a McClane fan but even more so I’m a fan of good action movies. Certainly this isn’t going to be nominated for an Academy Award but who cares. This is like welcoming a friend back – with firepower. Seriously, its a good time at the theatre cheering and rooting because when the sun goes down, when its all said and done – we are McClane fans at heart!
In the end – yippy ki yah!