Monday, Oct 16, 2017
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 15, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 7
Say 'Yippee-Ki-Nay' to latest Die Hard
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Say 'Yippee-Ki-Nay' to latest Die Hard

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
Now showing


It's hard for me to dislike a Die Hard movie. The original 1988 favorite directed by John McTiernan is an undisputed classic, changing the game and creating a template that's been followed, imitated, parodied, and stolen from for a quarter of a century. But I even get a kick out of the sequels, and while Die Hard 2 or Live Free or Die Hard are hardly amazing movies, they're still flicks I could watch - heck, ones I do watch - over and over again without any hesitation. As for McTiernan's return engagement, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, it's a superior effort in every way, and had the climax been thought out a bit better it potentially could have been considered the best entry in the entire series.

So keep that in mind when I tell you A Good Day to Die Hard isn't just a bad movie, it's almost guaranteed to make my list of the absolute worst films released in all of 2013. A haggard, discombobulated mess almost from the start, while this fourth sequel does offer up a couple of kinetically inspired set pieces of manic mechanical mayhem and carnage, overall there's little to recommend. It's almost as if director John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne) and writer Skip Woods (The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) had never seen a Die Hard movie before, dropping the character of John McClane (Bruce Willis) inside a disposable Z-grade scenario not even fit for a subpar first-person-shooter video game.

Unlike the previous film, this is the first to feature an entirely original screenplay and not be adapted from some other source material and then melded to fit the Die Hard esthetic. As such, Woods has created a weirdly idiotic concept that takes McClane out of New York and into Russia to see if there is anything he can do for his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney), arrested by the local Moscow police on suspicion of murder. In reality, the younger McClane works for the CIA and has been trying to get close to a mysterious figure named Komarov (Sebastian Koch), hoping to break him out of jail and get his hands on a secretive file implicating the Russian defense minister in a number of horrific crimes.

One thing leads to another and soon both McClanes are running through the city dodging bullets, attempting to protect this man who, before he'll help them, insists on rescuing his daughter Irina (Yuliya Snigir) from the madmen out to kill them. There are twists. There are turns. There are double and triple-crosses galore. Through it all John and Jack bond like father and son as they never have before, risking life and limb to stop a supposedly imminent terrorist action that could throw the balance of power across the world completely out of whack.

All of which would be fine if Woods had taken the time to develop characters, craft believable relationships, and nurture a scenario that didn't feel cobbled together from ideas bandied about inside a boardroom. Instead, the film tries to coast on the goodwill generated by an audience's continued affection for the John McClane character and by the previous motion pictures, never doing a thing to stand out on its own. It's a collection of explosions, expletives, fisticuffs, and bullets. Nothing else, including coherence, is given any sort of significance by anyone involved.

I'll admit upfront I've never been a big fan of Moore's. I haven't enjoyed any of his directorial efforts, finding him to be a filmmaker more enamored with style over anything else. His movies are glossy and superficial in the extreme, belittling their characters and paying little to no interest in whatever the central dramatic dynamic might be. He is fond of loud and apparently is enamored with dumb, and I'm hard-pressed to think of one of his pictures where I didn't leave the theater profoundly disappointed on one level or another - usually multiple ones.

That doesn't mean he can't stage action. An opening car chase through the streets of Moscow is eye-popping and spectacular, building in energy, suspense, and excitement as it goes along. But so what? Does this technical wizardry mean a darn thing if the story it's in service to is 17 steps below second-rate? Even the so-called 'cool' moments the sequel offers have an annoying tiredness to them that's consistently omnipresent, muting their effectiveness to such a degree that the end result is borderline stupefying.

The most abhorrent part of all of this is that A Good Day to Die Hard has me questioning my undying love of John McClane and the previous Die Hard films as whole, a fact that has me angrier than I really care to admit. Be that as it may, as fifth go-rounds are concerned, this one is certainly not a charm, and for fans of the series it's best to just say 'Yippee-ki-nay!' and leave this latest installment alone.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Catching up with Sandra Bernhard
------------------------------
Seattle Women's Chorus marks 10 years
------------------------------
The boy wonder returns - Acclaimed dancer Bennyroyce Royon is back where it all started
------------------------------
An exhibit of hope - Calligraphic works celebrate the lives and struggles of LGBT teens
------------------------------
Suzanne Vega delights with old and new favorites
------------------------------
'It Gets Better' goes live - Groundbreaking video project is now a touring musical theater piece
------------------------------
Forbidden love - Book-It's Anna Karenina gives us a taste of the novel, but not its heart
------------------------------
Photograph 51 is worth more than 1,000 words
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
'Love inspires me' - Shara Strand gives it all she's got on her latest tour
------------------------------
Bewitching Creatures a magical romantic adventure
------------------------------
Say 'Yippee-Ki-Nay' to latest Die Hard
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Ann and Nancy Wilson to perform at Benaroya
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
SSO presents three 'warhorses' - and a world premiere
------------------------------
War Horse redefines both theater and puppetry
------------------------------
Love yourself! - My 20-year adventure as a Seattle drag queen (pt. 2)
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News