Film Review – A Good Day to Die Hard

Director: John Moore
Screenplay: Skip Woods and Roderick Thorpe
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Yuliya Snignir, Sebastian Koch, Radivoje Bukvić
Genre: Action Crime Thriller
Venue: Ster Kinekor Maerua Mall, Cine 4

In the fifth instalment of the Die Hard film series John McClane (Bruce Willis) goes to Russia in search of his rebellious CIA agent son Jack (Jai Courtney). The two have to rescue a Russian scientist, Komarov (Sebastian Koch) who turns out to be the villain, from the hands of a Kremlin agent (Radivoje Bukvi). They stumble into a murderous conspiracy involving Chernobyl and trafficking of uranium. Their relationship has not been all that rosy and Jack refuses to call his father ‘dad’ and is unhappy when his father gets in his way in the attempt to rescue Komarov.
Die Hard is dead and this is no ordinary funeral. One will be sceptical of any future form of resurrection the filmmaker may attempt. Maybe my expectations were too high but for that, I blame Die Hard 1, 2, 3, and 4. Firstly, it took ages for the plot to develop. Something nefarious was seemingly developing in the first 15minutes but it was slow and boring. The worst part is that the film isn’t that long and there are several parts which should have been added to the director’s deleted scenes list.