|Probably the best tagline ever|
Sadly, my initial suspicions proved correct; this is a very mediocre movie. In fact, had it not had the Die Hard name attached or McClane family, you could easily redress it as a different film. There's nothing wrong with that by itself. Die Hard With a Vengeance was adapted into the series from a completely unrelated script, and that's easily the best sequel the series has to offer. The movie suffers from a much bigger flaw: it has no charm.
This is dreadfully evident in the first fifteen to twenty minutes of the movie. The cold open that begins the film takes far too long and is completely devoid of Bruce Willis. Without Bruce Willis, there is no Die Hard. And someone must have told him that he was too over-the-top in the predecessor, because he regrettably toned down his character of John McClane in this one. Gone are most of the one-liners and comebacks, and he plays it more like a typical Bruce Willis character. There is still a spark of his flagship character in there, and the moments in which he makes himself known are the film's strongest points. But despite not feeling like a Die Hard movie at all, the Yippie Ki-Yay line feels incredibly forced in this one; a lot of the dialogue does.
|We call this getting Willis'd|
But despite all my complaints, I will say that I enjoyed watching a new Die Hard film at the theater. It's still a fun time as far as action movies go, and you could certainly do a lot worse in the genre. However, you could also do a lot better. This is probably the worst in the series (I'm not quite sure though, Die Harder is pretty close), so I would recommend just about any of the other films before this one. But for what it's worth, it's watchable. Yippie-Ki-Yay.