It's a good movie to catch a nap. I slept through a third of it.
Probably the biggest problem with the latest installment of the Die Hard series is, A Good Day to Die Hard, isn't entertaining. It's not the sort of movie that you expect to be award winning or emotionally moving, but you expect it to be fun escapism. It was painfully dull.
The story is terrible, so it tries to compensate with non-stop action sequences, bad one-liners and terrible stereotypes. It's predictable all the way, even the action sequences. Every action sequence included rolling cars, explosions and several eye-roll inducing one-liners thrown out by Bruce Willis. It was formulaic.
I actually can't believe how bad the stereotypes are in this movie. They don't just extend to the Russian characters, but Bruce Willis as John McClane is every bit the "Bad American" stereotype, swaggering around, yelling at the cabbie for not speaking English. It's rather mortifying to watch.
A Good Day to Die Hard fails in the same way that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull failed. Just because you have a good franchise with an aging action star, doesn't mean that you need to reboot the franchise by introducing the son of the hero. Unless you have a fantastic script, leave the franchise alone! They were both terrible movies. Indy was a particular disappointment, because I am a huge fan of the franchise.
There is no circumstance that I can recommend anyone spending time or money on A Good Day to Die Hard. The running time is just over an hour and a half, but it felt like it went on forever. We nearly walked out of the theater and should have. This movie has no redeeming qualities.