On The Edge Films

Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds

A Good Day to Die Hard

2013/ USA

Director: John Moore

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Cole Hauser

If you were expecting something other than an all-out guns blazing, car chasing, villain slaying action film, then you were sorely deceived. Not that any of those traits are a bad thing, in fact it makes Die Hard what it is, just don’t go expecting any crying, heart to hearts or hugging and leave your tissues at the door.

We are reunited with McClane (Bruce Willis) when he discovers that his son has gone off the deep end and has landed himself in trouble with the Russian authorities. Before he gets on the plane, his oldest daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who featured for the first time in her adult age in Live Free or Die Hard is with him in what appears to be a mended relationship telling her dad to bring back her brother safe.

McClain has dealt with terrorists, mercenaries, vendettas and cyber bullies, but his son is a whole other ball game as Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) has no interest in being saved and worst of all by his dad. He has his own secrets in Russia, but you know what they say about the best laid plans, soon father and son have no choice but to team up to protect political prisoner Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch).

Jack “John” McClane Jr. is tough, cheeky, and displayed an impressive set of biceps. There are a lot of similarities between him and his dad, their dynamic and rapport was smooth and believable and it was nice but immensely sad to see McClane Sr. passing on some old tricks to his son. If there are any cogs in the works that allow him to have his own movie then I wouldn’t say no, but hopefully John McClane won’t be holstering his guns any time soon.

Though it seemed that the film series was dead and buried after ‘Die Hard With A Vengeance’, then again with ‘Live Free or Die Hard’it seems as though for the time being we shouldn’t hold our breaths. Not that anyone is complaining. There’s a reason that the Die Hard series has spanned across a quarter decade, and here’s to another quarter. Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherfuckers.


-Jen Francis


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