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A Good Day to Die Hard - Film Review

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published March 20th 2013
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As you can tell, if I rushed out to watch the first session, I'm what you might call a fan. Once you get five films into a franchise, there's not too much explanation needed, and certain expectations need to be met.

The film is a CGI extravaganza for fans. There is little time spent on the set up, we know John McClane and the deal ahead. Then all that's left is the action and comedy. The film doesn't overstretch on its aim, which is simply, to entertain. It is what it is, and you will be amused and entertained for the 98 minutes.

If you have somehow missed the previous 4 films, they have little bearing on this new outing. A few of the jokes require you to know the history, but I think you'd still get the idea. (Die Hard 1 and 4 are definitely worth a watch though).

It's not a John Le Carre thriller, with detailed plot intrigue - it's a straight forward action adventure, where action is the key, and plausibility not required. Just go with it and you'll have fun.

It's a vehicle for Bruce Willis, and the two have become so entwined it's hard to tell if the Die Hard franchise is the driving factor or if we just love to see Willis in this role. The other lead is Australian Jai Courtney, and while they're trying to flesh out the family, Willis is still the scene stealer.

It's a little quirky and there's a bit of shark jumping if you think too hard about it, but on the whole, it's a fun action flick with no dull moments.

This is one for the fans, but a few new fans may be made along the way.
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