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A Good Day to Die Hard

How could I be this excited about a new Die Hard movie when I didn’t actually bother to see the last one? I’m not sure. But this actually motivates me to want to see Live Free or Die Hard if I can catch it on Netflix or something. So it’s been about eight years since my last McClane infusion; maybe I just needed more.

Anyway, this move was pretty much everything you could expect from a Die Hard movie. Bruce Willis kills a lot of badguys, bleeds all over, says snappy, cynical shit, and is generally a badass. Oh yeah, and a badguy gets thrown off a building because that’s basically a requirement. And the plot is definitely more over the top and ridiculous than the third movie, so there’s that. Russians! Cold War jokes! WMDs and nukes!

The angle I was actually kind of worried about when I saw the trailer was the father/son thing. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull pretty much killed that entire trope for me. I wish I could blame it entirely on Shia LaBeouf, but it was probably just an issue of script and too much ridiculous CGI and he was just kind of the cherry on that turd sundae.

Jai Courtney was just fine as McClane’s son. They have a good dynamic, there’s sufficient character development for an action movie, and ultimately I’m just a sucker for father/son bonding that involves assault weapons I guess. I kept looking at Jai Courtney the entire time and trying to figure out where the hell I’d seen him before. A trip to IMDB said – nowhere, actually. I haven’t seen thing one that he’s been in, other than this movie. I think part of my brain was trying to connect him with Liam Hemsworth because they, they’re both white action star kind of guys and have pretty similar jawlines particularly when fuzzed with manly stubble.

If you want to see Bruce Willis and a miscellaneous young action hero blow up stuff and shoot things, it’s a fun movie. Much snappy dialog is exchanged and muscular men break a lot of windows with their bodies.

Originally published at katsudon.net. You can comment here or there.



Feb. 23rd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't remember Live Free or Die Hard, though I'm reasonably certain I saw and enjoyed it. I loved this one, despite the all but unreadable traffic chase scene and the apparent McClane penchant for jumping out of windows without checking what's beneath. I saw it with two friends and when they walked into the place with the chandaliers and whatnot, my one friend leaned over and was like, "Look at all the breakable stuff."

I thought the father-son stuff was just perfect. Badass synchronicity and just enough emotion to get me in the heart without sopping over.
Feb. 24th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
LOL that is EXACTLY what I thought when they walked into the ballroom. And yeah, I found the chase scene very hard to follow as well, but I generally have a rough time with car chases anyway. Nice to know it wasn't just me.

The one thing I was a little :/ about was when McClane gave his son shit about crying, but then again, it probably would have seemed out of character for him if he hadn't.
Feb. 26th, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I usually love car chase scenes, but I found myself wandering because I just kept losing the thread. The jump off the bridge onto the trucks and then progressively down onto smaller cars whilst apologising was pretty awesome, though.

Yeah, and also that whole bit with pulling out the - what was it, a screw? - should have been expedited. Like, dude, you don't actually wait until 3. My friend thought the reminiscing/mocking was going to be so he could pull the thing out while Jack was distracted and then it didn't happen and then he delayed the three-count. What. (...really not that big a deal, I guess, but PUZZLING.)
Mar. 1st, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
It was a hunk of rebar, I think. And yeah, I was surprised he didn't yank it out while they were just talking...

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