Movie Breakdown: A Good Day To Die Hard

February 14, 2013


People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane for the fifth entry in the Die Hard series.

The Reality:

What the hell happened with A Good Day To Die Hard?  It’s an absolute disaster of a film.  And when I say it’s terrible, I don’t mean it’s the “fun” sort of bad.  The entire movie is thoroughly woeful from start to finish.  The story feels poorly cobbled together, all of the acting is lazy, and then there’s director John Moore, who may or may not have shot the film using a potato.  I so desperately wanted A Good Day To Die Hard to be a fun ride, but it was actually just a tedious chore.  To be honest, Bruce Willis should be ashamed that his name is anywhere near the damn thing.

On one last note, Bruce Willis must have some clause in his contract that allows him to dub in lines wherever he sees fit.  In both Live Free Or Die Hard and A Good Day To Die Hard, there are numerous moments where his lines are so obviously dubbed that it takes you right out of the movie.  Granted, I wanted to get out this time around, but you get the point.

The Lesson:

It’s time for John McClane to retire.


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