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A Good Day to Die Hard also known as “Die Hard 24/7,” “Die Hard 5,” “La jungla: Un buen día para morir,” “Die Hard - Drágább, mint az életed,” “Die Hard - Un buongiorno per morir,” “Die Hard 5 - vain kuolleen ruumiini yli,” “Die Hard: Belle journée pour mourir,” “Die Hard: Last Day,” “Die Hard: Nunca é Bom Dia para Morrer,” “Dobar dan da se umre muški,” “Duro de Matar: Um Bom Dia para Morrer,” “Kietas riesutelis. Puiki diena mirti,” “Poly skliros gia na pethanei simera,” “Si mai greu de ucis,” “Stirb langsam - Ein guter Tag zum Sterben,” “Stirb langsam 5,” “Umri muški: Dobar dan za umiranje”

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera

Very Offensive
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Action Crime Thriller Sequel
1 hr. 37 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
February 14, 2013 (wide—3,500+ theaters)
DVD: June 4, 2013
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terrorism / terrorists

nuclear threat

moscow, russia

father son relationship


courage / bravery / self-sacrifice

Featuring: Bruce WillisJohn McClane
Jai Courtney … Jack McClane
Sebastian Koch … Komarov
Mary Elizabeth Winstead … Lucy
Yuliya Snigir … Irina
Rasha Bukvic … Alik
Cole Hauser … Collins
Amaury Nolasco … Murphy
Sergey Kolesnikov … Chagarin
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Director: John Moore—“Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne,” “The Omen”
Producer: Dune Entertainment
Origo Film Group
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Prequel: “Live Free or Die Hard” (2007)

A top Russian politico named Chagarin is about to have his one-time partner, now enemy, sentenced to prison for life. However, Komarov still has something he wants, but since he refuses to give it up, Chagarin’s people arrange to have arrested American Jack McClane (Jai Cortney) to falsely testify against Komarov.

John McClane (Bruce Willis), upon hearing his son is in trouble, flies to Moscow for the trial, just as a well armed team tries to breakout Komarov. Blowing up half the courthouse and killing all the soldiers though doesn’t get them Komarov, as Jack, secretly a CIA agent, had an escape plan all his own.

The mercenaries give chase to Jack and Komarov, while John McClane enters the fray by joining his son on his latest mission to save Komarov, bring down a mad man who would deal with terrorists and upturn plans that can threaten the world with nuclear devastation. All in a day’s work for a man who once again finds himself, “… in the wrong place, at the wrong time.”

Objectionable Issues

Violence: Extreme. Besides a few close-ups of bullets to the head, many are shot, blown up, crushed under armored vehicles and cars, stabbed, and one is minced by helicopter blades. The violence is often so gratuitous that the chief mercenary, Alik, burst out laughing, which gave me the impression he was just reflecting the director’s obscene glee at the scene. Not a family movie by any means. This and the next topic more than earn this “Die Hard” its “R” rating.

Language: Extreme. Cursing is rampant throughout, with about two dozen “S” words, 16 “F” words, two “A” word insults, one “B” word and 18 taking of the Lord’s name in vain. “Damn you…” was used sparingly and always by Jack directed towards his father. The middle finger was used twice to equally profane effect. A Russian cabbie misunderstands a comment of John’s and asks him if he wants to go to a “sex club”.

Sex/Nudity: Mild. Very early in the picture, in a nightclub, many women are dressed seductively, one motorcycles in wearing leather and begins to change, however the scene ends, and the same woman is soon being embraced by a man, but they go no further.


Before the trial, Chagarin visits his former friend, and Komarov tells him, “I’m prepared to pay for my sins, are you prepared to pay for yours?”

The Bible is clear that, “…there is no one who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46), and whether or not Komarov is serious about paying for his sins, we can take comfort that the one true God paid the price already. Thus did John the Baptist say when he first saw Jesus, and later the Apostle Paul explains further in his letter to the Hebrews.

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people;, and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).

Filmgoers drawn to the “Die Hard” franchise have enjoyed over-the-top action scenes accented by Bruce Willis’s trademark wisecracks, but this movie introduces a new dynamic—that of a father and his son.

Komarov admits that he wasn’t there much as a father for his daughter, and, in a moment, of frankness John admits to likewise working too much and wishing he had spent more time with Jack.

Spending most of his life on the police force has taken its toll on John’s relationship with his son, and it shows in how Jack bristles with resentment and repeatedly calls his father by his first name. We do all well to remember the Word of God when it says,

“Each of you must respect his mother and father” (Leviticus 19:3).

Likewise, John had a responsibility not to foster an environment that would end up pushing his son away. The Word also speaks to this:

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Bruce Willis has now been playing this character for 25 years and seems often detached and less involved in the role. This may be partially attributed to the necessary sharing of screen time with his “son,” but it is still a weak point, as was the direction overall. An over focus on action for action’s sake without regard to back story or character motivations also hampered the film’s narrative.

As the fifth entry in the Die Hard series “A Good Day to Die Hard” is, I believe, the weakest. A solid action movie in it’s own right, one can’t help but compare it to its predecessors. Whereas the other four films all had villains whose plans were executed with a surgical precision that only a wild card like John McClane could thwart, the Russians here are mere extensions of their vehicles (tanks, copters) relying on pure blunt force. A strong rated “R”, I hesitantly recommend this only to die-hard fans, like myself, who have a steadfast heart and can go in with lower expectations.

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

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Positive—I saw “A Good Day To De Hard”… Having viewed the first four films in the franchise and being let down by “Die Hard 2” and the last entry, I was ambivalent about the latest installment, until the teaser poster and first two trailers were released, which made me hope that the series would be going back to its R-rated roots. Sure enough, I was right. The latest entry in the Die Hard series is reminiscent of the first three films in terms of content, only that the violence is more graphic, and the language is tempered down a bit. However, never fear. John McClane’s signature phrase is uncensored this time around (unlike the fourth film, where it was inexplicably toned down for a PG-13 rating, though there was still some moderate-to-strong profanity that should have earned it an R-rating).

The plot of the fifth film isn’t as strong as “Die Hard” and “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” but it’s definitely much better than “Die Hard 2” and “Live Free or Die Hard,” and the actor playing the main villain may not be as well-known as Alan Rickman or Jeremy Irons, but he still did a good job. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—D, age 27 (USA)
Positive—“A Good Day to Die Hard” is one of the cleanest R-rated actioners in recent years. It may not be as good as its predecessors (thanks to a convoluted plot, lack of tension, poor character development, and massive logic problems in the story), but it manages to succeed in providing a fast-paced hour and a half of mindless, over the top (highly unrealistic) action for action movie enthusiasts like myself.

Content-wise, like I said, this is one of the cleanest R-rated action movies in a while. With the exception of one bloody headshot near the end of the film and the main antagonist’s bloody (but obviously CGI and blurry-looking) death, the level of violence here is what you’d expect from a PG-13 rating, not a hard-edged R-rating. I do believe the reviewer blew the level of violence in this film way out of proportion, making it sound like your typical “blood everywhere” R-rated action movie. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Joseph, age 18 (USA)
Negative—Having seen this film on its opening night in the UK, I was astounded how it managed to be given a 12a rating. To clarify—a 12a which allows children of any age to come and watch, as long as an adult is present. So I could’ve taken my 11 year old daughter. Wow! After about the 6th or 7th f-word (yes that’s the f-word!) and a mother-f___ to go with it, I was so pleased my kids weren’t there. A few violent killings and a man cut up on helicopter blades added to the confusion. In 1988, the original Die Hard was given a 18 rating. 25 years later and it’s a 12a. Have our standards dropped so low? I need ratings to help me judge whether I take my children. Why? They mean nothing now. It’s sites like this that guide us now. The film is OKAY, but don’t take the kids!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Phil, age 40 (United Kingdom)
Comments from young people
Negative—This movie was like getting a slap in the face. I have seen most of the prequel Die Hard films. All of them are better than this. I hated it. Just rewatch DHWAV and DH2
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Ty, age 14 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Positive—Other than using the Lord’s name in vain and a few sexual hints, the Die Hard movies are pretty entertaining; pray for the good old (but NEVER out-dated) Hays Code to come back. The violence in these movies is a “Light vs. Dark” context, not “violence for the sport of it” and the villains are never supposed to be cheered for, and always receive justice. I intend to see this movie very soon. From what I can tell, John tries to reconcile with his son. As long as there is life, it is never too late to make the right decisions. Christ demonstrated this truth to the thief on the cross.
—Peter, age 22 (USA)

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