Film Review: A Good Day To Die Hard
By Paul Ash
This is a pocket review of Die Hard 5: A Good Day To Die Hard. Starting this I realized I’ve only ever done one other film review in blog form, and that was for Looper, another Bruce Willis film. (For my 140 character reviews check out my Twitter look for #FilmReview.) I’ve never thought of myself as a Bruce Willis fan, looking back at his filmography there are some amazing hits, as well as some spectacular bombs. I’ll present my observations, and let you decide where this film falls.
Now is the time to start talking about Die Hard 5: A Good Day To Die Hard. I’ll leave a warning for spoilers and and obvious extro at spoilers end, just prior to my summation.
The Die Hard franchise has had it’s ups and downs, but has always delivered somewhat in the same style: tongue in cheek humour, darkest before the dawn and one or two major stunt set pieces and a strong nod to family. This one is not majorly different. Yet the start felt very different, more akin to a Daniel Craig Bond, or a Bourne film. With the popularity of those ‘thinking man’ action films evolving the genre (and the fact that Willis’ own Red fits into that category) it would make sense to reinvent the franchise. Without seeing any promotional material I probably would have felt very confused by the action, the location… pretty much everything – even having a general idea of what the film was about and seeing the title credits I wondered if I walked into the wrong theatre.
The opening action scene was filled with quick cuts, an avoidance of faces (for the most part), obviously showed an Eastern European city and a set up to
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