The staggering genius of Bruce Willis once again is proven in the critically acclaimed series of Die Hard. Kicked start in 1988, the Die Hard franchise is the pioneer of multi-layered movies with subliminal text and thoughtfully written underlying message – something that Peter Jackson failed to copy through his tedious The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
A Good Day to Die Hard tells a story only sophisticated minds can decode. The cold war between the Russian and yankees, unbeknownst to even Obama, is apparently not over yet. Veteran John McClane who embodies gun-loving conservatives in the league of Clint Eastwood and Sarah Pallin has been given major headaches by the revolutionary next generation who opt to chose mind over bullets instead. This new America is personified in the form of John McClane Jr. whose new policies include – among many – addressing his seniors on first name basis. This surely relates to the decreasing level of respect that happens throughout the United States. The social phenomenon is portrayed through the carefully carved characters of the McClanes.
When things spiral out of control, the conservatives and the modernists are forced to stick together to fight the common enemy – the old Russians and their Chernobyls. The McClanes soon found out that the case of disrespect that is going on between them is nothing compared to the sick Russian father-daughter relationships. A Good Day to Die Hard presents to us how the gap between the older and younger generation could become an unbeatable strength to fight for the good as long as there is enough ammo.
Director John Moore has brought to us an explosive action movie on the surface, layered with a heartfelt father-and-son, while at the same time incepting our subconscious mind with a message of unified America where George W. Bush can get along even with Justin Bieber. It is clear that the Academy’s absent-mindedness is the sole reason why this contemplative movie has to let go its space for a straightforward popcorn movie like Argo.