A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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Critic Consensus: A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest entry in a storied franchise, and not even Bruce Willis' smirking demeanor can enliven a cliched, uninspired script.

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John McClane (Bruce Willis) heads to Russia in this fifth installment of the Die Hard film series. Skip Woods (The A-Team) provides the script, with Max Payne's John Moore directing. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violence and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure
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Cast

Jai Courtney
as Jack McClane
Bruce Willis
as John McClane
Sebastian Koch
as Komorov
Cole Hauser
as Collins
Megalyn Echikunwoke
as Pretty Reporter
Péter Takátsy
as Prosecutor
Rico Simonini
as Colonel
Catherine Kresge
as Neiderbrook
April Grace
as Sue Easton
Jan Gallovic
as Chagarin's Advisor
Patrik Rytmus Vrbovsky
as Handgun Manager
Ferenc Elek
as Unimog Driver
Lin Wai Zhe
as Handgun Manager's Assistant
Janos Finfera
as Chagarin's Security Man
Boris Vodokov
as Chagarin's Assassin
Alekszandr Komarov
as Mi-26 Co-Pilot
Iván Fenyö
as Mi-26 Navigator
Edit Balazsovits
as Masseuse
Nadejda Savcova
as Russian Model
Anastassija Makarenko
as Russian Model
Joe Massingill
as Pac-Man
Jesse Burch
as Smoker
Justin Smith
as Meyers
Attila Arpa
as Alik's Soldier
Sergej Onopko
as Alik's Soldier
Ivan Orsanyi
as Alik's Soldier
Iván Kamarás
as G-Wagon Driver
Zsolt Vicei
as Laundry
Alekszandr Komarov
as Mi-26 Co-Pilot
Justin Smith
as Meyers
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Critic Reviews for A Good Day To Die Hard

All Critics (217) | Top Critics (46)

This is the fifth and least of the Die Hard movies.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

What a disappointment.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

I didn't think it was physically possible to doze off at a movie as loud as A Good Day to Die Hard, but for a few moments my mind found some distant, peaceful refuge.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's all more than a little silly, but Willis' presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

For anyone who remembers the "Die Hard" adventures at their vital and exciting best, this film feels like a near-death experience.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Few fans of the series would disagree that this sclerotic fifth installment should probably be the last.

February 14, 2013
Slate
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Good Day To Die Hard

½

I cant believe I liked this movie the first time i saw it, probably because i was so excited for another die hard film that i was totally ignoring every little detail that made the movie bad and excepted it, but in the end its escapism but sadly there is no escape from this new chapter in the series, which should be titled Death of a Franchise. It's too fast-paced, the plot is always unclear, Jai Courtney and Bruce Willis have no chemistry what so ever and it feels like a season of 24 with John McClane as a backup character. The most memorable action sequence is near the conclusion and the ending is the only satisfying part of this film. A very rushed piece of work with no plausible villain and just takes a steaming dump of the franchise

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

Some people felt Live Free or Die Hard was a low point for the series, and that it really didn't fit in with the rest of the films. Who would have thought that it could have gotten worse. For the record, I like the fourth Die Hard film, despite its flaws and ridiculousness. But yeah, what we have here is the true low point for the series. It's really not even a Die Hard film. Maybe just going by the name and the inclusion of John (and technically, Jack) McClane, but that's about it. This is basically just a dumb, typical action movie that happens to have John McClane in it. He's not even really the focus. The film has no real reasons for existing, but the plot our beloved McClane gets shoehorned into sees him going to Moscow to rescue (or so he thinks) his estranged imprisoned son, only to find himself caught up in a CIA mission to thwart terrorists bent on nuclear weapons based domination lead by none other than his own son. Seriously. That's the plot. There's no reason for the older McClane to be here. He's not a cop in this one, just a tourist who happens to be an ass kicker. They try to balance the action with a father/son dynamic, but it's not very original or compelling, and even the action is rather blah and uninspired. It's also executed and edited rather choppily, so I had no idea what was going on most of the time. The film does mark a return to R rated territory, but it feels forced. The action is really just strong PG-13/very light R rated stuff, and yeah, there's some strong language, but it sticks out, and feels like they added just enough swearing to earn this an R rating just to appease fans. The film's treatment of Russian culture, history, and geography, as well as it's portrayal of how nuclear radiation works (the climax is at Chernobyl), is all very shallow, annoying, and wrong. Yeah, I basically hated this movie. This is a rare thing for me in general, but especially for something like this. There's really nothing all that spectacular here. Sure, I did enjoy the explosions, but that's just because I always find something to like with every movie I see, even dreadful crap like this. Here's to hoping they finally end this series already, or at least redeem themselves drastically if they feel the need to make another one.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

They should have stopped officially at 3 but although 4 was enjoyable its annoying directors milk a good idea and make it terrible. This fifth installment is amusing and explosive but theresnot much to it to make it that awesome Action packed movie it was back in the 80's when the original began!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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