John McClane travels to Russia for the trial of his son who is charged with attempted murder and is caught up in a feud between shadowy figures in the Russian establishment with a past in organised crime.
Despite its less than lukewarm reception, Die Hard 4.0 wasn’t a total disaster; I actually thought it started rather well but faltered thanks to its increasing over-reliance on preposterously bone-headed action set pieces. The fifth instalment begins with preposterously bone-headed action set pieces and goes downhill from there. That’s not to say that this is a terrible film; the action is efficient enough and it never bores, but there is no chemistry between the stars and Bruce Willis’ charisma is never allowed to shine as the dumbed-down script completely lacks the humour and wit that marked the original films out from the crowd. As a result it feels like just another dim-witted Hollywood action flick rather than a true chapter of a much-loved franchise.
Despite the title, it’s just not a Die Hard film.