'Die Hard' returns to theatres

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Rating: 3 out of 5

In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of the first Die Hard film, the fifth Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, was released – strangely enough – on Valentine’s Day.

This certainly isn’t a typical Valentine’s Day film, however. It was a typical Die Hard movie with plenty of action, explosions, and humour to satisfy Die Hard fans around the world.

 Tough veteran police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) is disappointed to learn that his son, Jack (Jai Courtney), has been charged with attempted murder in Moscow.

Although estranged from his son, McClane flies to Moscow to attempt to help him. When there is an explosion at the courthouse where young Jack is being tried, McClane helps his son escape from Russian bad guys along with a Russian millionaire known as Komarov (Sebastian Koch).

Turns out that Komarov has information on stolen weapons-grade uranium that the Americans are anxious to acquire, and McClane is actually a CIA operative who has been hired to protect Komarov and sneak him out of Russia. Soon, father and son are working together shooting, fighting, and exploding things about Russia in an attempt to save the world from terrorists determined to capture Komarov.

 The fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise is not the worst or the best of the franchise. The essential elements of action, car chases, and explosions are there to satisfy Die Hard fans. The jokes between father and son provide the humour.

Numerous actors were considered for the role of McClane and Courtney was lucky enough to win this role. Courtney certainly looked, and acted the part well, and fans of the television series Spartacus will recognize Courtney, who was also the bad guy in Jack Reacher and is starring in I Frankenstein that will be released in the fall.

 Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.