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Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack -- unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.
Action - Like the previous four films of the series, this is a violent action
showcase for star Bruce Willis. Unlike the fourth film, this is back
to an R rating, and thus is more brutal and bloody like the first
three films. Mary Elizabeth Winstead only appears briefly. Language
and violence make the film inappropriate for young kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The chases, fights, shootouts, and explosions are adequately handled although lacking in energy and inventiveness.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average In this edition, we barely know which bad guy is the main bad guy.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average The fifth 'Die Hard' installment is a feeble attempt to rehash action-hero glories.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average Both assaultive and tiresome, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 75 moviegoers:
Overall, these are very mixed reviews. About half enjoyed "A Good Day To Die Hard" very much, with many loving it. Unfortunately, about half only rated it a "Good/Average" movie, which isn't a bad review, but it's also not that great.
TEENS:The males loved it!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:One male loved it, one rated it above average and two only felt it was an average movie, which is a little low, but not bad. One of the females loved it and two rated it average.
ADULTS:About two-thirds of both the males and females either loved "A Good Day To Die Hard," or enjoyed it very much. The remaining third rated it as an average movie. Equally important is the fact that only one female and no males rated it low. So, chances are very good that you will enjoy this latest "Die Hard" movie, at least to some degree.
Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, set against the backdrop of deadly corruption and political vendetta in Russia. McClane arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack, (Jai Courtney), and is stunned to discover he's working undercover to protect a government whistleblower, Komarov. With their own necks on the line, the McClanes are forced to overcome their differences in order to get Komarov to safety and thwart a potentially disastrous crime in the most desolate place on Earth - Chernobyl.
When McClane learns the truth about his son's profession, he calls him the "007 of Plainfield, New Jersey." But it's a long way from Plainfield to Moscow, and John and Jack are about to have a family reunion they will never forget.