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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD ?12A?. VERDICT: JOHN McClane goes to Moscow, tries to speak the lingo and ends up spouting total nonsense to match this film's inane title.

His cab driver then celebrates Frank Sinatra, but only time will tell if this is to be McClane's final, bullet-torn curtain.

For now, welcome More Bangs For Your Roubles, a weak fifth instalment - and 25th anniversary celebration of - Bruce Willis's most lucrative franchise.

Don't worry about trying to understand the derivative, fagpacket plot.

There are subtitles for those who find cod Russian accents hard to decipher.

And, in any explosive event, the main language here is simply 'big audio dynamite'.

Especially if you see this in Cineworld Broad Street's seatshaking, PS1 million IMAX screen.

The geographical route is the same one taken by action rival Arnold Schwarzenegger in Walter Hill's film Red Heat - which was released four weeks before Die Hard back in 1988.

Prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, filming in Moscow offered real novelty value.

Here, some ridiculously heavyduty editing means most of it could have been shot anywhere.

But, if you love McClane's quips and vest... invest!

Once he bumps into his CIA son Jack (Jack Reacher star Jai Courtney) it's bad dialogue and non-stop action all the way.

After Bruce commandeers what can only be described as a 'Mercedes Bends', an exciting, extended chase sequence becomes so violent it should have carried the rider: 'No vehicles were left unharmed during the making of this very stupid movie'.



Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney in A Good Day To Die Hard.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 15, 2013
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