While parts two, three and four satisfied even the die hardest of fans, the new film directed by John Moore is awful in every possible way.
Moore previously directed the horrendous Flight of the Phoenix, the Omen remake and the terrible Max Payne, the mystery of how the studios were convinced to give Moore the keys to the Die Hard franchise will probably be the plot of Die Hard 6. Incidentally, all the previous installments were intended to be other films and it is possible that the movies turned out to be entertaining quite by accident. So when a filmmaker deliberately went about making a Die Hard movie, he somehow failed spectacularly.
Even Abbas-Mustan could have come up with a more imaginative plot — John McClane’s estranged son deliberately gets himself imprisoned in Russia for a mass breakout, has his mission jeopardised when John himself shows up in Moscow in front of his car and uncovers a conspiracy that connects with the Chernobyl incident.
It boggles the mind that this story comes from the 43-year-old writer Skip Woods instead of a 10-year-old with a bunch of action figures in his playroom. One can smell the mouldy lack of creativity oozing through the screen every time the film focusses on McClaine’s son, knowing that the previous film was about his daughter.
The least one expects in an action film are enjoyable action scenes but the film refuses to offer those. Woods and Moore even fail at paying homage to the previous films — there are numerous one-liners that hark back to the first three films, and someone even falls off a window.
Unfortunately all of these scenes involve Jai Courtney who plays Jr McClaine with the subtlety and charm of an iron table being dragged against marble floors. Die Hard owes its cult fame to the sophisticated, charismatic Alan Rickman, whose Hans Gruber still consistently appears at the top of the Best Villains of All Time lists on the Internet. In A Good Day to Die Hard the villains are as threatening as Crime Master Gogo — one of the bad guys constantly eats a carrot and even dances a jig for five whole minutes — it seems like the whole movie was a sadistic experiment to destroy a lucrative franchise as shamelessly as possible.