A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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Director: John Moore
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtnay, Sebastian Koch, Yuliya Snigir


Hearing that his tearaway son is in trouble with the authorities in Moscow, John McClane flies to attend the hearings, which are interrupted by the machinations of a corrupt politician who wants to silence the chief witness.

The Review

This belated entry in the franchise actually marks a change of format, since there is no hostage situation as such, and the grown up son thing rather heralds a buddy picture with kiss-and-make-up familial overtones. The action whirls from one costly set piece to the next, with an unprecedentedly preposterous chase that seems to ape Skyfall, and a frankly ridiculous leap into the void from a tall building. Story is kept on hold until the foreseeable volte face climax inside Chernobyl, of all places, by which time the washed out Bourne thriller aesthetic has fully given way to James Bond heroics. At least it's brisk.