A good day to see new Die Hard movie | Aran Kirschenmann | Movie Review
February 21, 2013 · 4:47 PM
A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth Die Hard film, and if you love action films, you will want to see it.
The story revolves around battling corrupt Russian scientists and businessmen involved in the nuclear energy industry. John McClane, the former police officer and hero throughout the films, goes to Russia when he learns his son Jack is arrested there, and he fears the worst for his son’s future. In his effort to help, John is sucked into the chaos despite his son’s aggravation over their rocky relationship. The two of them argue, fight, but realize they must learn to work together to survive.
Bruce Willis returns to the role of John McClane, significantly older since the original Die Hard film came out in 1988. However, he still cleverly portrays the character and is in surprisingly good shape. The acting was fairly well done all the way around. In particular, Australian actor Jai Courtney, playing John McClane’s son, stood out and looked convincingly like Bruce Willis.
The movie sped along at a very fast pace without any significant dull moments, complete with huge explosions, helicopter crashes and great chase scenes. There were a ridiculous number of cars that were damaged or demolished in the chaotic car chases.
Despite the intense action, there were many humorous moments with comic relief provided mainly by Bruce Willis’ casual attitude in the face of danger, as well as by some of the criminals. This made the film lighthearted and much more enjoyable.
The storyline was interesting and fairly unpredictable, taking several unexpected turns along the way. Nonetheless, it was occasionally hard to follow since the film was dominated more by action than plot.
Overall, I enjoyed A Good Day to Die Hard and thought it was one of the best action films I had seen in a long time. Most action-lovers and fans of the Die Hard series will take great pleasure in seeing Bruce Willis back in his famous role and won’t want to miss this fifth installment.
Aran Kirschenmann, 16, is a contributing writer for the Bellevue Reporter and a Junior at Bellevue High School. You may reach and connect with her on her Facebook page "The Young Critic."