A Good Day to Die Hard

Published July 31, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard

Film info

  • Title A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Director John Moore
  • Year 2013
  • Run time 1hr 38m
  • Genres Thriller, Action
  • Tagline Yippee ki-yay mother Russia

His estranged son Jack (dishonorably discharged from the army) in a Russian jail, NYPD detective John McClane goes to Moscow to help him. There he learns that Jack is actually a CIA agent who went to jail to free a billionaire with information that can bring prevent a corrupt Russian official from becoming president. Slowly overcoming their antagonism, father and son -- not surprisingly a lot alike -- team up to defeat the bad guys.

Fast Facts

Title: A Good Day to Die Hard Director: John Moore Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 38m

Background Info

We worked through the full back catalogue of Die Hard films to get to this point, but by the time we got here, well things were looking bleak. The fourth wasn’t as good as hoped and Twitter warned us the fifth was even worse. Oh well, we got this far, may as well keep going.

Live Blog

1:10 - Yay, actual BBC newsreader! 6:23 - Ah, see, he said hospital or morgue but he didn’t think of prison. 7:54 - “Try not to make an even bigger mess of things.” Words of encouragement, for sure. It’s like ‘don’t be rubbish.’ 11:11 - It’s nice that he tried to do the Russian phrasebook thing. 19:01 - That is an awesome reunion. 20:20 - That’s an impressive armoured vehicle they’ve got there. 25:04 - He must be a bit old to be getting hit by cars and stuff now. 26:54 - It just doesn’t seem right that he’s causing all this destruction in another country. 35:14 - His complaints of being jetlagged don’t stand up for much when he scopes a room instantly and starts with the machine gun. 46:01 - The bad guy is munching on a carrot, like Bugs Bunny. 47:45 - Just so we’re all on the same page, that’s a tap-dancing, carrot-eating bad guy. 55:55 - For an undercover spy type, he’s making a lot of scenes! 1:05:44 - He told him off earlier for getting soppy before they died. This time he doesn’t mind so much. 1:09:44 - When the lady says “it neutralises radiation, trust me” I really don’t. 1:13:44 - They’ve taken JJ Abrams lens-flare obsession, and put them all in the one shot. 1:19:16 - “I’m not that smart, I’m just on vacation.” 1:22:02 - It’s lucky neither of them have any hair or it all would have been singed off in that blast. 1:32:15 - Where’s the mother?


The people were right! This one had promise - some good concepts, a couple of fun lines of dialogue and some jaw-dropping moments. Unfortunately they were all overdone. It felt as though they really wanted to make a spy film but had to do a Die Hard instead, the father-son moments were okay but there was nowhere near enough John McLane character, and the special effects were awesome for a moment and then drawn out for too long. How much super-slo-mo helicopter exploding does a person need to see? Also, I’m no radiation expert but the idea of going to Chernobyl and splashing around in some water didn’t seem all that good to me.

**Rating: **1/5

Rating: 1 / 5

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