As the fifth of the Die Hard series you sort of have to take each film with a certain grain of salt. The character of John McClane has changed from reluctant hero to a super cop that is nearly indestructible. This movie was a lot better than the previous one which seemed to dumb down the series a great deal. As long as you aren’t looking at it with a nitpicker’s eye, it’s a pretty fun movie.
John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, hears that his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney, is being tried for murder in Russia. He goes to Russia and catches Jack as he is in the middle of a daring escape from prison with another prisoner. It turns out Jack is in the CIA and is working to keep this criminal alive in order to get a secret file he has on the Chernobyl disaster.
Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney have a fun chemistry. Their chemistry works well for this action movie. The villains are over the top and pretty memorable. There are a lot of unbelievable scenarios that really are sometimes fairly implausible. Still, it delivers exactly what you would expect from a movie of this namesake.
If I had to nitpick I would say that where the movie tends to lose me is their choice to hold the final scenes in Chernobyl. For one thing, the heroes run around with no radiation suits when the villains do. They also fall into pool water with open wounds. That water must still be irradiated. Even today people can’t handle Marie Curie’s notebook without protective clothing, what makes them think a person could waltz into a place that suffered a meltdown in a simple t-shirt and suffer no consequences.
The nitpicking for a Die Hard movie can only be taken as serious as the movie itself. I know I can’t expect realism is these movies. These are the sorts of movies where you check your brain at the door and enjoy the ride. If you like wild action then it is certainly going to be a fun movie and worth watching as a matinee. Otherwise, give it a watch when it comes out on DVD as it makes an addition to the franchise.