By Sandra Stelmach
“A Good Day to Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, premiered on Valentine’s Day. It didn’t break my heart, but it definitely hurt a little.
It’s the fifth sequel to the original “Die Hard,” and it’s full of action and entertainment— just like an action movie should be. It’s enough to keep you awake but not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
In the movie, John [Bruce Willis] goes to Russia to bring his son, Jack [Jai Courtney] back to the United States. Jack is facing a life sentence in Russia and John plans to rescue him. When John arrives, he discovers that his son is actually a CIA agent and is there undergoing a mission concerning nuclear terrorism.
At first, John forces his son to talk to him since Jack doesn’t seem too happy to see his father. But towards the end of an action-filled scene at the beginning of the movie, Jack warms up to his father’s presence and the two eventually team up.
Throughout the film, John finds himself stuck in the worst possible situations. But even when he is involved in a car chase with bullets flying everywhere, he maintains composure.
I’ve watched a lot of movies in my lifetime, and I’ve noticed similarities between films of the same genre. They become predictable.
In action movies like “A Good Day to Die Hard,” there is almost always a bad guy who wants to destroy the world and a good guy who tries to take down the bad guy. It is no different in this film.
The two opposing sides fight against each other, wrecking everything in their path. Towards the end, it looks as if the bad guy is going to win, but the good guy ends up winning in the end.
Bruce Willis’ performance as John definitely keeps the movie going with his nonchalant attitude. He repetitively says, “I’m on vacation,” despite the fact that he was in the middle of nearly every fight scene.
The best part about this film is that every action scene is filled with explosions, fire, gun shots and a good old punch in the face.
If you are a Netflix or a RedBox type of person, I suggest you wait until the movie comes out on DVD. Keep those dollars in your wallet. (Unless you’re rich and are obsessed with action movies, like Bruce Willis.)