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A Good Day to Die Hard [2013] (1 disc)

Director:John Moore
Writer:Skip Woods
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:98 minutes
(1 hour 38 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:14%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his wayward son, Jack. Events soon get out of hand, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Reaction: Needs at least one more good action sequence. What's here is okay. Not the best, but okay. It's just way too short by far.

Personal Rating: 5/10

John Moore => Director
Skip Woods => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
Aldis Hodge => Foxy
Amaury Nolasco => Murphy
April Grace => Sue Easton
Bruce Willis => John McClane
Catherine Kresge => Neiderbrook
Cole Hauser => Collins
Cooper Thornton => S2
Jai Courtney => Jack McClane
Joe Massingill => Pac-Man
Justin Smith => Meyers
Martin Hindy => Mako (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead => Lucy
Megalyn Echikunwoke => Pretty Reporter
Melissa Tang => Lucas
Mike Dopud => Detective-Sergeant Wexler (uncredited)
Nikolett Barabas => Anna Peterova (uncredited)
Pasha D. Lychnikoff => Cabbie
Péter Takátsy => Prosecutor
Radivoje Bukvic => Alik (as Rasha Bukvic)
Rico Simonini => Colonel
Roman Luknár => Anton
Scott Michael Campbell => Campbell
Sebastian Koch => Komarov
Sergei Kolesnikov => Chagarin (as Sergey Kolesnikov)
Yuliya Snigir => Irina (as Yulia Snigir)
Zolee Ganxsta => MRAP Driver (as Ganxsta Doglegy Zolee)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Becomes the 4th out of the 5 films to feature an exploding helicopter, but if you count planes, then all five films have had an aircraft explode in mid air.
  • At 98 minutes, this is the shortest film in the series after Die Hard 2: Die Harder.
  • This was the first [Die Hard] film where the original script was explicitly written as an entry in the [Die Hard] series. The first Die Hard film in 1988 was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp where the screenplay had originally been a possible vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sequel to Commando. Die Hard 2 was first written out as a script based on Walter Wager's novel '58 Minutes' with the story of a man having to save his wife when she onboard a doomed passenger flight fused into a Die Hard-based narrative. Die Hard With A Vengeance famously took its basic idea from Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay Simon Says (about a man being targeted by someone he did something terrible to but then forgot existed). And Live Free or Die Hard was retro-fitted from the original screenplay (based on the article "A Farewell to Arms" by [?] John Carlin), which was nearly filmed on its own merits before the 9/11 terrorist attacks led 20th Century Fox to put a hold on the project while they figured out how and when a film about terrorism in the U.S. could be viable, if ever.
  • Aaron Paul, Liam Hemsworth, James Badge Dale, [?] Paul Walker, Ben Foster, [?] Shiloh Fernandez, [?] Milo Ventimiglia, Paul Dano, [?] Steven R. McQueen, and D.J. Cotrona were considered to play John McClane's son. The role ultimately was earned by Jai Courtney.
  • Bruce Willis is the only actor to appear in all five [Die Hard] films. Furthermore, he is also the only person on the crew to be involved in the making of all five films.
  • [?] Noam Murro was originally the director, but his commitment to the film 300: Rise of an Empire prevented him from working on this film. Other directors considered including Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and [?] Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • When Chagarin visits Komorov in the prison, Komorov plays a white chess piece before flipping to the black chess side of the board. This of course hints his duality later in the film.
  • In the UK, digital copies of the film were delivered to cinemas with the fake title "Simon Says", a phrase that plays a major part in the third installment, Die Hard: With a Vengeance.
  • This is the first "Die Hard" film where Bruce Willis' character does not kill the main antagonist.
  • Bruce Willis has openly stated he would like to bring back Bonnie Bedelia to the series. She originally played the character of Holly Gennaro McClane, the wife of Bruce Willis' character John McClane in the first two films of the [Die Hard] series, but didn't appear in the last two.
  • This is the first [Die Hard] sequel since part 2 where a performer (besides Bruce Willis) has reprised their role in an obligatory cameo. Mary Elizabeth Winstead reprises her role of Lucy McClane from Live Free Or Die Hard. Besides Winstead and Willis, the only other actors to appear more than once in the "Die Hard" films are Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, and Bonnie Bedelia (who all appeared in the first two entries), Anthony Peck who played a young cop in the first and Ricky Walsh in the third film and Aldis Hodge who played Zeus' nephew Raymond in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and CIA Agent Foxy in this film (wearing military fatigues and telling Jack his window for extraction is lost).