Every single Russian in this film is a bad guy or girl – some from the very beginning, while others only reveal their true colors toward the end. That is the kind of simplemindedness this film, the fifth in a series that is unfortunately dying a very slow death, evinces time and again.
Twenty-five years ago, John McClane (Bruce Willis) first appeared as a sweaty, bloody, vest-wearing detective caught up in a hostage situation on Christmas Eve. He was funny and clever, and the bad guys had no idea whom they were up against. Most recently, he returned in 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, in which he teamed up with a computer hacker to try and outsmart some even-more-criminal terrorists. That outing was not bad, but one could already feel the time running out for our former hero.
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