A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane: "I want you to know I got your back."
Jack McClane: "I got yours too."
John McClane: "All right. Let's go kill some motherfuckers."

release year: 2013
genre: action
viewing setting: home Bluray 2/16/18 and 8/7/13

synopsis: Tough cop John McClane bonds with his estranged son to stop bad guys.

impressions: The series and the character are getting old, as is the premise (tough guy in the wrong place stops bad guys) and this one comes 25 years after the first. It started slow, not really feeling like a Die Hard movie, but got better as it went. There are some genuine similarities between the father and son characters, plus the usual treachery and surprise agenda of the bad guys.

activation point: 1:00:00 - this is when they realize that they're going to have to work together to stop the Russians' plans

body count: impossible to keep up with, but around several dozen

acting: Bruce Willis is decent as an older, wiser McClane. Jai Courtney is good as his son, who's apparently a CIA operative. Radivoje Kukvic is the jovial main evil henchman.

final word: Worth seeing, but no sequel in this series will ever top the original movie.

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