Movie review: 'A Good Day to Die Hard'

Oklahoman Published: February 15, 2013

“Need a hug?”

“We're not really a hugging family.”

They crash through an epic Moscow traffic jam — which Moore & Co. shoot and edit into a jumble of crushed cars and feeble wisecracks from the villains — “Boy, dis guy iz really gettink on my nerves.”

They get into fights with helicopters. In the middle of the city. Not that local law enforcement notices.

And it's all in pursuit of some mysterious “file,” which the prisoner they're trying to slip out of the country has. Or doesn't.

Vast arsenals turn up, at their convenience. Unlimited supplies of lead are exchanged with legions of evil minions.

With “Red Dawn” remade, badly, and Stallone and Schwarzenegger stinking up cinemas in the weeks leading up to this, you kind of hoped the last '80s action star to take his shot could conjure up a little of the old magic.

Willis, sad to say, doesn't.

For 25 years, it's generally been “A Good Day to Die Hard.” But these last two films have neutered the franchise and wrecked any hopes that Bruce as McClane might be Bourne again. The guy can still take a licking, but the character is weary, and the “I'm on vacation” line is played out. McClane needs to trot out “I'm retired” from here on out.

— Roger Moore, MCT Information Services


MOVIE REVIEW

‘A Good Day to Die Hard'

R 1:37 1 ½ stars

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (Violence and language)

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