(Roderick Thorp's 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, the book the first Die Hard was adapted from, is pretty good.)
Took maegwynn to see A Good Day to Die Hard at Mission Valley Thursday night. Overall a movie that is exactly what the trailer shows it as, big dumb fun mindless entertainment. I was surprised it was close to ninety minutes, and not 2 hrs 15 or 2 hrs 30min. Felt a little odd that this one lacks a major holiday tie-in, unlike Christmas (the first two) and Independence Day (fourth). I suppose if they continued the series they could hit all the holidays, like the calendar tree grove at the beginning of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Important note: no stinger at the end post-credits, so stay for the credits if you like, but there's no father and son McClane bonding moment eating pirogues in Moscow akin to the Avengers shawarma dinner.
Disappointed in the lack of Sisters of Mercy "Dominion" on soundtrack after the poster of Bruce Willis' head and YIPPIE KI-YAY MOTHER RUSSIA superimposed in giant letters.
I mean honestly, this could work in the soundtrack.
However, I was annoyed with and said "Oh come on!" during the movie in response to one point.
So Bruce Willis surviving explosions and such didn't annoy me. Having a belt-fed GPMG SAW just lying around a room didn't bother me - it was a movie version of a CIA safe house and while I don't expect the CIA to hold pitched gun battles with Russian law enforcement there's the organized crime element to consider at minimum. Having McClane Jr perform amazing jumping/running/fighting shortly after having a finger-length bolt (shrapnel from an explosion) yanked out of his abdomen bothered me a little, but I rationalized it as a shallow angle penetration, almost a graze, and moved on. Having the cab driver be the only not bad guy other than the McClane father and son team annoyed me a little, but if I'm looking for nuance I am definitely in the wrong room.
No, what bothered me and broke my suspension of disbelief was that in a vault in modern Chernobyl where a character states radioactive gas has been pooling for decades, that they used what looked like hand-held crop sprayers around the room, watched the geiger counter readouts drop, and took off their rad suits, all in a couple of minutes real-time. If Russian organized crime has radiation-suppression sprays, they can go legit AND OWN THE WORLD DIRECTLY if they want to, they don't have to sell uranium to bad people on the international black market.
(I freely concede I have little knowledge of current radioactives handling methods and may merely be showing my ignorance in the field. Please help my Dunning-Kruger and and enlighten me if you have unclassified knowledge of such matters.)
* Olympus Has Fallen - March 22 - terrorists in the White House.
* GI Joe Retaliation - March 29 - terrorists in the White House. I sense a trend.
* Red 2 - Aug 2 - Might have terrorists in the White House, but they aren't in the trailer.
* Star Trek: Into Darkness - May 17. They canceled Dredd 2 so Karl Urban doesn't have to worry about scheduling conflicts from two franchises. Although he might be in Red 2, I haven't checked.