CINEMA REVIEW: A Good Day to Die Hard (12A)

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD     TM & � 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD TM & � 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

What a sacrilegious way to treat one of the most loved franchises of all time to which Bruce Willis must have simply returned for the payday.

This messy action film bears little or no resemblance to the John McClane we know and love and is simply not a good day for the man who brought us ‘The best action film ever TM’ with the 1988 original.

This is arguably the first ‘banner’ title of the year, and pales in comparison to January’s Oscar-competing releases – with no heart and a clichéd script that would have been lucky to get an ‘F’ at GCSE drama.

The film has been cut to a 12A certificate for the UK market and only really boasts a generic car chase, a couple of action set-pieces (including a fairly decent one) and an okayish twist.

When the trademark McClane humour kicks in – you’re so disappointed it’s hard to even snigger. As a stand alone action movie it may have been passable, but this is the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull of the franchise – I simply wish they had never made it.