Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard



A Good Day to Die Hard
Directed by John Moore
Starring Bruce Willis



This past weekend I saw the latest film in the Die Hard series: A Good Day to Die Hard. It was Fan-tastic! If you're a fan of the series, like I am, you pretty much know what it is you're getting: a plot with terrorists, Bruce Willis saves the day and shoots up all the scum-bags, and he says "Yippee-kai-yay, mother-------." Considering all that, this movie had lots of great twists and turns to it that I did not see coming. A Good Day to Die Hard is a thrilling action movie. In this film, Bruce's character, John McClane, is teaming up with his estranged son, Jack. It wasn't over-sentimentalized. John travels to Moscow to help his son out as word gets to him that he's been arrested. It wasn't what it seemed though. Jack is a member of the CIA working undercover to help Komarov escape custody. This guy has a file on the corrupt politician, Chagarin, that can take him down. The plans don't work out. Komarov's daughter seems to kidnap him so that she can get the file, herself. I liked how John kept insisting he wasn't a part of anything. That he was on vacation. There was a cool car chase. What was just as good was the way John would try to find a new car to drive when he was without. He knocks a guy out who's yelling at him in Russian and yells back that he can't understand a word he's saying. I really loved the build-up to the ending. The scene with the heli-carrier was sick and cool. There were lots of great explosions. I thought the juxtaposition of the fires and flames against the light sky was really beautiful cinematography. In the end, the McClane family was re-united. It was nice how the son mimicked his mother from the first Die Hard movie, where she was using her maiden name and then she went back to calling herself a McClane. Jack did a similar thing.

This movie was lots of fun. I walked away from seeing it having no complaints at all. If you want to have a good time, you should check this movie out too.

-O.Pelaez

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