Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the fifth—yes, fifth—installment in the Die Hard franchise. Quick refresher: Die Hard—Nakatomi Plaza, L.A.; Die Hard2: Die Harder—mercenaries rescuing rogue dictator at Dulles Airport, D.C.; Die Hard: With a Vengance—Jeremy Irons runs Sam Jackson and Bruce Willis around Manhattan looking for a bomb in a school, while he robs the Fed; Die Hard 4.0: Live Free or Die Hard—nobody really saw that one. Now we have A Good Day to Die Hard. You can describe this movie many ways. You could say it’s like spending an hour and a half at a wrecking yard watching a car-crusher. You could say it’s like watching a really expensive, 90-minute Mercedes Benz commercial. Or you can simply call it what it is: awesome.
It’s present-day Moscow. A bad guy, Chagarin (Sergey Kolesnikov), is in power—and shock of shocks, he has imprisoned the good guy Komarov (Sebastion Koch), the man who has information that could destroy Chagarin. Jack McClane (Jai Courtney), John McClane’s (Bruce Willis) son, is in Russia working for the C.I.A., trying to free Komarov and bring Chagarin down. Meanwhile, the elder McClane, believing Jack’s cover story that he is trapped in a Russian prison—or something—heads to Moscow to try and save his son. And in the immortal words of Will.i.am, Bring the action: There are car chases, fist fights, explosions, car chases, surprisingly unpredictable plot twists, demolitions, gun battles, car chases and, of course, weapons-grade uranium.
I applaud the fact that the filmmakers put some thought into the plot, and I also really liked the fact that Bruce Willis is aging like a man: Action stars do not need Botox. But the thing I liked the most here was that the movie is almost an homage to the previous films. There’s a tip of the hat to the Alan Rickman skyscraper fall, as well as the Jeremy Irons helicopter battle. It’s snarky, bad$ss Bruce Willis reuniting with his son, and killing bad guys in a movie with a plot that makes virtually no sense. What more do people want? It’s Die Hard.
It’s a 6.