Bruce Willis as cop John McClane is back and still fighting bad guys in a big way - this time with his son - in "A Good Day to Die Hard," which opened Feb. 14.
A.O. Scott wrote this about the McClane character in the New York Times:
McClane himself has evolved from angry Everyman to weary, worried dad. He travels to Moscow to help his son, Jack (Jai Courtney), who at first looks like a bad seed but turns out to be a chip off the old block. Some dads take their boys fishing or to the ballgame or to a movie like this one, but the McClanes prefer a more primal form of bonding — killing miscreants, though Pop McClane uses a more evocative word.
Some critics picked up on problems with the movie. Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post wrote:
What started out with hints of director Paul Greenglass' "Bourne Ultimatum" and a touch of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" gives way to a gussied-up remnant. In a promising early bit, McClane gets a ride from a taxi driver (Sha D. Lychnikoff) who proves the universal language of cabbies is chatter. But "A Good Day to Die Hard" never achieves a balance between blasts and Willis' gift for quips.
Of course, expect lots of explosions and gunfire. From the New York Times' Scott:
The movie’s real idiom is the Esperanto of violence — sex is a more culturally sensitive issue, so there’s none of that — and sweaty machismo. Mr. Willis himself is something of a universal language, or at least a popular international brand. And, there’s a newish Rolling Stones song playing over the end credits.