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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Only 2 years after their first outing, Sylvester Stallone & co are back once again for the eagerly anticipated The Expendables 2. The unique selling point that is the coming together of tough guys from era’s past and present failed to click last time out, but while that first effort may have been lacklustre, the sequel succeeds in delivering a thick slice of fun cinematic entertainment. If you’re a fan of action movies, this is a must-see.
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With films such as The Last Airbender and The Happening, it’s sometimes easy to forget that M. Night Shyamalan has also given us some great movies in the forms of Signs and The Sixth Sense. His follow up to the latter film was Unbreakable, which offers a unique retelling of the traditional superhero origin story. In 2009, Oscar-winning filmmaker and fan of the film Quentin Tarantino smartly stated that Unbreakable would have been better marketed with the tagline ‘What if Superman was here on earth, and didn’t know he was Superman?’ With that, it’s prudent to say that this is not your usual superhero flick.
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