The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: A Good Day to Die Hard Is the Ultimate Action Movie

A Good Day to Die Hard is the sort of action movie that is engaging enough for the boys but not too overwhelming for the girls. For the typical man that likes to watch things blow up, this movie goes beyond that for some of the most spectacularly explosive action scenes that are exciting without being too over-the-top and unnecessarily bloody with the exception of one scene placed strategically at the end of the movie when the audience is certainly expectant of a dramatic resolution.

In the fifth installment in the Die Hard series, Bruce Willis reprises the role of John Mclane determined to help save his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney, from a Russian prison.

The first few minutes of the movie are pretty action-packed, that is to say, the killing starts pretty early and it doesn't take long after to cue in the standard 'pretty face' in the form of Russian actress Yuliya Snigir who plays one of the villains.

The tension in the first few minutes of the film is broken when Willis character lands in Russia and tries out his broken Russian on a taxi driver who as it turns out can speak English but waits until Willis has painstakingly finished his attempt at Russian before asking in seeming puzzlement, "You speak Russian?" at which point, the audience at The Junction cinema in Nairobi erupted in laughter.

The banter between Mclane and the cab guy sets the pace for the whole movie as it turns out that A Good Day to Die Hard is indeed one of those action movies punctuated by lots of humorous moments in between all the killing.

I was rather annoyed at Mclane for ruining his son's perfect getaway in the beginning but this played out pretty well in the entire scheme of things as it led to even more action, more cars getting trashed and blown up and both father and son leaving a lot of damaged vehicles in their wake.

Thanks to the duos total destruction of almost everything they came into contact with, I'm inclined to believe this is one of those obscenely high budget films ranging in the millions if not billions of dollars.

While in character as John Mclane, Bruce Willis was his usual bad-ass self - very impressive with his quick banter and quicker mind that in more instances than one made his son look amateurish in comparison even to the other characters in the film but it was all done in good humour. Incidentally, John Mclane Jr or Jack as he is better referred to in the film is the epitome of 'eye candy' and is as such quite the dish for the ladies who may need an incentive to watch an action-riddled movie such as this.

All in all, A Good Day to Die Hard is the type of film that is full of such unexpected twists and turns that will likely keep you engrossed from start to finish. Watch it. It's pretty good.

4 stars

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