April 24th 2013 15:26
At this point I would usually summarise the plot of the film but it feel like such a waste of words to do so. Nevertheless it would be unfair to, you, the reader. It is difficult to try to explain the chaos that I saw into somewhat coherent summary but I will do my best. For those you have seen the trailer, you have pretty much seen most of the movie. Our hero once again finds himself in trouble but this time in Moscow, Russia. Oh, how exotic of Hollywood to venture to Eastern Europe. This time, Mr John McClane (Bruce Willis) is to save his son Jack (Jai Courtney) from a life of crime. Director, John Moore tapping into "feeling guilty for not being there for my delinquent child" story. But I'm not convinced and I didn't watch the film to witness the acting brilliance that is Bruce Willis. Nevertheless an attempt of being somewhat convincing would have been a nice change. In reality McClane Jr. is in fact US federal agent in Russia. What is an American agent doing in Russia meddling in Russian domestic politics? I don't know but I believe it might have been discussed in the film but it most likely gotten lost between car chases and jumping off buildings. The film has a very thin plot that is placed around the action, it does not complement it nor does it provide any relevance to the film. It is simply watching one and half hours of explosions and impossibilities.
The Die Hard franchise is not known for its realism. However there is stretching reality and there is downright ridiculousness. And Die Hard 5 was just plain ridiculous. As the audience, are we to believe that John is in a car that is flipped over four times and comes out virtually unscathed?! Or the fact he jumps off a 4 storey building into a pool and not even one dislocated shoulder? The acting was on the terrible side too. I feel that even Willis is completely bored with this franchise. What happened to the bald angry man that we "loved"? McClane is practically emotional disconnected with the movie. Like he doesn't even care whether or not this works out.
McClane Jr. was equally unimpressive, his character is so boring and 2 dimensional. There was little incentive for the audience to care about McClane Jr. or the forced father-son relationship drama.
The plot twists were predictable and thus defeats the purpose of being a twist. Furthermore the movie is unengaging and downright boring. I was so bored that I went to the bathroom even though I really didn't need to. I know I'm over sharing here but seriously this is how bored I was with this movie. It really couldn't more boring (well it probably could).
It was so unimpressive even the action scenes felt forced and painful to watch. In the modern day action film it is not enough to simply blow things up, the action is often stylised and carefully constructed. And thus Die Hard 5 simplistic action scenes could not compete the innovative ways to entertain audiences.
Final Verdict: This was disappointing effort from the creators, a lazy film for everyone involved. Lifeless, passionless chaos pretending to be a film. Give it a miss. 4/10.