Monday, February 25, 2013

Good Day to Die Hard

Going to see a "Good Day to Die Hard" turned out being a "Bad Day to Spend Hard-Earned Money" or even "A Bad Day to Go To The Movies".  Remember classic lines like "Yippie ki yay motherf*cker-" or how about this one: "welcome to the party, pal"  and who can forget: "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs". Those were great, iconic lines. But what was offered to us in this latest installment was; "I'm on vacation". Which clearly John McClane wasn't. The closest he came to actually being  "on vacation" was the vacation time he took off work to try to save his son who was locked up in a Russian prison.

Turns out, his son is a CIA agent undercover and what follows is a lot of crying and whining from a grown man who was still pissed that "daddy wasn't there". The daughter forgave her father, maybe it's time he did, too, considering Daddy Dearest spent a lot of time saving a LOT of people from bad guys with evil plans. I mean, did you see the ass beating he took in the first movie? Glass in the foot, open wounds everywhere requiring stitches. I mean, give the man a break!

The action was so over the top, even I had to roll my eyes. I would have been able to swallow it more if JM didn't seriously crash two cars and escape without a scratch or even a dizzy spell. Was his skin made of Teflon? WTH? I could go on and on listing the things that made this movie a failure and a joke at the same time, but I won't. I don't want to give that much away.

F-, See me after class.


Now, don't get me wrong, I really liked the first one with Sly, but I loved the newest version starring Karl Urban. It was grittier, meaner, more action-packed. I'm always a fan of explosive gunshots, bombs blasting and people being thrown off of 200 story buildings... in movies/TV that is. I hate when I hear about it on the news. But violent movies are my guilty pleasure and this one gave it to me in healthy doses.

Storyline is Dredd, the baddest Judge on the payroll takes a rookie into the heart of one of the most violent communities in the city. Mama, the female drug lord of the community wants to stop the two Judges from leaving with one of her goons, so she puts a hit out on them that has over 100 residents gunning after the Judges. What follows is some of the best action that 2012 had to offer making me pissed I missed my opportunity to see this one on the big screen.

I have no complaints. A+++ Stand up and take a bow!