Remember in the first Die Hard how John McClane ran barefoot over broken glass, tearing up his feet in a way that made the audience feel it? That mortal, relatable character is long gone, replaced by someone who is just another action superstar. Now the rouge NYPD detective can fall through dozens of windows, survive multiple explosions, and even brave toxic radiation without getting so much as a scratch. The new John McClane is an absolute badass, spewing witty dialogue while gunning down countless bad guys with ease. And that’s exactly why I don’t like him anymore.
In A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment in the long-running series, all we get is a generic action spectacle, with absolutely nothing hidden below the surface. Admittedly his new high-speed approach makes for some awesome looking stunts; however, there’s only so many times a guy can tie a truck to helicopter before it becomes a little bit ridiculous.
Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, who this time is heading to Russia to break his troubled son out of jail. Things go sour when John finds himself in the middle of a political conspiracy that is too convoluted to follow and too absurd to care about. Most of the film’s story will focus on the relationship between the two McClanes, who seem to have a lot of trouble working together.
This whole father-son dynamic brings with it plenty of asinine family drama moments, but really doesn’t add to the overall film in any significant way. Watching Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) learn from his dear old dad isn’t much fun, and Jack's very existence makes me concerned that the studio may try to continue the series with Courtney as the new lead.