Saturday 23 February 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard

Review ♥

It's weekends all over again, of course weekends are almost as good as considering it "movie time" as well. Since Cathay Cine wasn't showing "Beautiful Creatures" which I've been wanting to catch ever since I came across it's trailer, D's been wanting to catch "A good Day to Die Hard". Thus, we ended watching this instead. 

Synopsis ♥

A 2013 American action film directed by John Moore and written by Skip Woods. It is the fifth installment in the Die Hard film series. Bruce Willis reprises the lead role of John McClane, who travels to Russia to help his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), out of prison, but is soon caught in the crossfire of a terrorist plot.

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In Moscow, Russia, Viktor Chagarin, a high-ranking but corrupt Russian official, plans on incriminating political prisoner and government whistleblower Yuri Komarov without a fair trial when Komarov refuses to hand over a secret file believed to have convicting evidence against Chagarin. In a separate incident, Jack McClane is arrested as a result of an assassination, but agrees to testify against Komarov for a shorter sentence.

John McClane, who has not been in touch with his son for years, learns of Jack's whereabouts and circumstances and decides to go to Russia to help him out. When John arrives and approaches the courthouse that happens to currently hold Jack and Komarov on trial, an explosion orchestrated by Chagarin and his henchmen occurs in the courthouse, and Jack breaks free with Komarov. Seeing his son, John confronts him, but their dispute is cut short when the henchmen, led by Alik, chase them on the streets of Moscow, but John, Jack, and Komarov manage to escape.

Hiding in a safe house, John finds out that Jack has been a CIA Officer in an undercover operation for the past three years. Meanwhile, Collins, Jack's partner, demands the file's location from Komarov, so that the CIA can bring Chagarin down, but Collins is soon shot by Chagarin's men and dies, as John, Jack, and Komarov survive subsequent heavy gunfire and escape once again. The trio then makes their way to a hotel in the city to find the key to a vault containing the file. There, they meet Komarov's daughter, Irina, whom they earlier planned on joining with, but John grows suspicious of Irina. His suspicions are proven correct when Alik and his men crash in and tie John and Jack up, while Komarov is taken as a hostage, and Irina confesses to snitching on them for the "millions of dollars" to be gained. However, Jack manages to break free of his ties, and the father-son duo fights back, culminating in a gunfire exchange that results in John and Jack's escape.

That night, the two steal a car full of firearms and drive to Chernobyl, Ukraine, which is the location of the vault that houses the file, as revealed earlier by Komarov at the safe house. When they arrive, they find that Komarov, Irina, and Alik have already gotten there, but what they don't know is that on their way there, it was revealed that there was never a file in existence, and that the vault is actually contained billions of dollars worth of weapons-grade uranium. Alik is then shot in the head by the seemingly helpless Komarov, who later calls Chagarin and tells him that he and Irina had manipulated the entire sequence of events since the beginning in an attempt to obtain the uranium and get revenge on Chagarin for betraying him. Chagarin is then killed by a subordinate of Komarov's.

At this point, John and Jack enter the vault, discover Komarov's true plot, and take him under arrest. Irina, with another henchman, comes to her father's aid, but before they can escape, Jack goes after Komarov, while John goes after Irina, who is escaping on a Mi-26 helicopter. Irina tries to protect her father by firing the helicopter's cannons at Jack, but John is able to bring the helicopter out of balance by driving a truck in the hangar section of the helicopter, still shackled by a chain, out of the open back door, muttering his catchphrase of "Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker." Komorov remarks that Jack will get to watch his father die and in rage, Jack hurls Komarov off the rooftop, stating that he will die, as well. Komarov falls into the spinning helicopter's rotors and is killed. John jumps off the helicopter and reunites with Jack inside the building. Wanting to avenge her father, Irina rams the helicopter into the building, destroying the building and killing herself in the process, but John and Jack survive by leaping off the building into a large pool of water.

Afterwards, John and Jack return to New York. At the airport, they meet Lucy, John's oldest child and Jack's sister, and the reunited family happily walks off together.

Bruce Willis is back again with another new action movie! And he never fails to give us some good kick ass action. Well, it still depends on the story plot and director but you can't leave out awesome, fabulous actors with good acting skills that gives you such engaging images either right?

D didn't really find it interesting, whereas I was pretty engross with the movie! I do love action movies, and this sure has a couple of fine good action scenes coming on that kept me in my seat. I do admit that there were certain parts that were a little draggy but there's some humour moments as well. 

The story plot isn't that bad, at least it's got a story to follow. It's nice and engaging enough, at least for me but i feel it could've been slightly better. It's missing out just a little bit of something. A very small something which actually doesn't quite matter.

I wouldn't say it's a very bad movie on a whole, cause I sure did enjoy it. D said he fell asleep at one point. Well, it's up to you guys to judge and have a say yourself if this movie is a thumbs up or not!

"A Good Day to Die Hard" is SHOWING NOW at local (Singapore) cinemas! But do be sure to check out your movie timings/cinemas before proceeding down!

 A Good Day to Die Hard Official Trailer 

 ** Rate: 7.5/10 ** 

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