Movie Review: A Good Day To Die Hard – Brandon Bray

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So, I’m ten years old and I’m hanging out with my aunt and uncle and these weren’t just any aunt and uncle, they were the ones that let me me watch whatever I wanted. So, I could watch all the movies I wasn’t allowed to watch by my grandparents. Of course as an impressionable young man this was the coolest thing to ever happen to me at the time. Enjoying tasty little gems like Robocop, Total Recall, Die Hard, The Terminator and other such classics. Some of the movies I saw over there freaked me out and may have done some long term damage, but were what shaped my enjoyment for the big dumb action movie.

All that being said, I was fully prepared for a silly romp through Russia with ol’ John Mcclain and his son. What I got was a ridiculous ride through what might be one of the most poorly written films of the past few years. This little gem is severely short on story, acting and most of the things that make for a good movie. Shaky cam was the chosen shooting style for the entire film, which I honestly don’t mind but it seems to have become the Hollywood crutch. It seems that directors aren’t using shaky cam to make you feel like you’re in the action, they are using it to mask the fact that they are unable to compose actual shots and camera moves. This in turn gives the viewer a feeling of disorientation as we have no earthly idea where we are in relation to everything else in the scene. It’s infuriating frankly but the director John Moore did a fairly decent job fighting this issue. I could kinda tell where I was in relation to all the action.

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The movie itself is a bit of an oddity because it really did have some fun action sequences that were very visceral and fairly satisfying. While completely unbelievable in every way, they were satisfying for the most part. I honestly found myself laughing hysterically during the action scenes because they are so incredibly ridiculous you can’t help but laugh. These fun albeit ridiculous action scenes function as the film’s strong point. Which is kinda sad in that you are waiting for some story to fuel the action scenes but instead you are getting some guys saying some words that don’t really matter to get us to the next action scene. This is the whole problem with the whole movie.It was nice to see a rate R action movie in theatres instead of this watered down PG-13 manure that has been poured on us for the last decade. Now if Hollywood could figure out how to tell a good story with some good ol fashioned shoot em up action. It can be done!

I think this film is going to upset some people in that it’s a shoot first, ask questions later, Rated R action movie. In the wake of recent events people are ultra sensitive to violence in any form, even fake movie violence as unrealistic as it is here. If only every movie was The Notebook there wouldn’t be any of this violence in the world. Everyone would just sleep around on their fiance’ and then marry the man that would then take care of them while they had Alzheimers. It would be a beautiful place full of wonderful boat rides, with hundreds of swans surrounding them.

All joking aside I see both sides of the fence and won’t pretend that recent events haven’t made me take a second look at all that’s happening around me. But, when all is said and done if you go to A Good Day To Die Hard and expect anything other than senseless violence and ‘splosions you’re a fool and clearly haven’t seen the other films. While this film is offensively stupid, it isn’t anything other than what it’s advertised to be, a big dumb pile of celluloid with lots of ‘splosions, gunfire, car chases, helicopter crashes and the McClanes flying the bird.

 

I give it 2.9 Nakatomi Towers out of 5

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By Brandon Bray

 

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