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Good Day to Die Hard, A

Good Day to Die Hard, A

Action, Crime, Thriller

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

The critical consensus

The original is a classic, the sequels have been variable, getting by on goodwill. This fifth Die Hard film doesn’t even deserve the title.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 14/02/2013

I don't think it knows where it's going. I'm not even sure it cares.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 14/02/2013

Overall, this is a bad day that you’d rather forget.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 14/02/2013

Like its title, A Good Day to Die Hard feels like a cut-and-shut job. The contoured bonnet is an enjoyable romp, but it has the dented rear end of a clunky thriller.

***(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 14/02/2013

Here, the bangs come quickly but with less ingenuity, the rule being that if one loiters in a building for longer than five minutes a barrage of gunfire will shatter the windows.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 14/02/2013

The end result is mindless, trigger-happy carnage with the kind of bombastic score that strains every sinew to try to convince the viewer that what they are watching is really, really exciting. It isn’t.

Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 15/02/2013

Pretty much on a par with Die Hard 4.0, the poorly-titled A Good Day To Die Hard is essentially four big set pieces and a lot of explosions. Unless McTiernan is up for directing the apparently-confirmed sixth instalment when he gets out of prison (or someone else who ‘knows’ action), this signals A Good Day For The Franchise To Die Hard.

**(*)(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 14/02/2013

A few reasonable action sequences are mired in family soap, making this A Good Day To Call It Quits.

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 15/02/2013

Entertaining, but dumb.

***(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 15/02/2013

The poorest in the series, just one long, loud, violent, at times stupefyingly silly chase around Moscow.

Philip French, The Observer, 17/02/2013

There’s no villain here that comes close to Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber from the first film, and the shoot-outs feel tired. Even more inexcusably, there are no decent one-liners for Willis, unless you count the self-aware “this one’s a stinker”. It’s A Good Day To Consider Retirement.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 17/02/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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