To this day, Die Hard (1988) is still regarded as one of the quintessential action movies of our time. It birthed a new action hero in John McClane, and it helped make Bruce Willis one of Hollywood’s premier action stars. Twenty-five years on and three sequels later, with the fifth instalment of the franchise nonsensically titled A Good Day to Die Hard (2013), it’s disheartening to see how much the quality of the films has fallen. Directed by John Moore, Die Hard 5’s problems run far deeper than just the 12A rating.
This time round, NYC cop John McClane (Willis) travels to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtenay) after he is arrested for murder. Unbeknownst to John, Jack is now a CIA operative on an undercover mission, and soon the two McClanes find themselves being pursued by Russian terrorists.
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