TITLE: A Good Day to DIE HARD - INTERNATIONAL EDITION ================================================== ========== DIRECTOR: Stars: Bruce WILLIS, Jai COURTNEY, Radivoje Bukvic, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead GUEST STARS: -- PRODUCTION STUDIO: 20th Century Fox, Dune Entertainment, Origo Film Group Distributed by: 20th Century FOX Asia MOVIE GENERE: ACTION SINGAPORE rating: PG13 without cuts(For Moderate Violence - https://app.mda.gov.sg/Classification/Search/Film/RatingInfo.aspx?sType=Feature&sRowID=AAAH4UAAPAAAD2XAAG) Possible MPAA rating: PG13 for Intense Action Widescreen Ratio: 1.85:1 Language: English + Russian, Running time: 90mins approx. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John had been on the search for his son ever since he had reunited with his daughter in LFODH, thanks to his police department intel, he now knows where his son is... in RUSSIA, with bad news, locked up for murder and will be on trial for the crime he had committed. It's a bad news. And John the "gran-pa" McCLANE, will have to fly to RUSSIA to bring his son "JACK Ginnero" back. To bring back his son, John will have to put in hard effort, in hard environment, entangle in hard actions and conspiracies, DIE HARD in foreign land! Personal VIEW- 90mins passed, so as the film ends. My mind is filled with WTF?!!! DIE HARD?!!! Should this film be renamed as "Cut the Sh*t short and PUKE HARD"?!!! As a fan of the DIEHARD series of movies, with much anticipation, i brought with me expectations to face a 2.35:1 Widescreen presentation of the movie as well as more than 120mins of screening time as well as the classic humors of sarcasm as well as bombardments of coarse Fs and MFs and other expletives. W-T-F i got, was 1.85:1 presentation of the film, 90mins of runs, and profanities "blanketed" with words that don't rhyme with the scenes and sentences!!! Well... the actions are not disappointing, but not as good and exciting as LFoDH which even if it was rated with PG13 cut, it's still intense and chair gripping. Few sarcastic humors, and that's all! Perhaps from the director's point of view, the "family reunion" is best presented with WS1.85 presentation where the camera narrows in to zoom in on the characters. ACTION? By presenting in WS1.85, the intense car chase action slam bang sequence are shot by capturing other elements that occupies more than 35% on most of the frames. Not something that follows the DIE HARD tradition...zoom in on action, complements with the slam bang sound effects. There are few visible moments that there seems to be some jump cuts...duh... of course... compares to 97mins in U.S version... Like LFoDH, there's not much blood splatters and violent scenes in GDtDH, such that the movie can score a PG13 rating in U.S as well as International screenings to attract more audience other than young adults and above. In the scene where the character JACK's partner was shot on the head during a raid, the CG effects is so obvious that looked so cartooned as LFoDH. For fans of DH tradition of violence and gores, skip this, save your money for the possible unrated video release, which i guess, may ends like LFoDH DVD release with CG Gore effects restored. Sound, as mentioned, this international version have the vocal audio tracks tempered with frequent "blankets"/re-edit voice overs of "chip head" that covers the profanities which is clearly visible on the screen! During the action sequence, the effects are clear, but not powerful to overcome the louder music tracks. Hence, if compared with LFoDH or DHWaV, the slam bang tracks will not presented with loud effects and directional bullet whizzling enjoyment even if the film is presented in discrete digital audio... I don't feel the effect blowing me off or have me grip on to my seat like the early DHs do. Michael Bay's BAD BOYS 2 is much better than GDtDH and LFoDH in loud effects and balanced in overall movie soundtrack presentation. As much as the music composer tries, there were few cues of suspense tracks where audience will find it resonates with previous DIE HARD trilogy, but where are the blending of classical musics in tradition of DHs??? Where's that "RUSSIAN mix of Symphony #9 which is present in the trailers??? Since DH4, the end credits rolls with rock n roll music? So as GDtDH??? The movie in whole, is a disappointment, but not a total disaster, saved by "cut the story short" running length to bring in more actions than telling full story. At least, a reward in the end, the family hugging tradition is back in McCLANES family again... FILM SCORE: 2.5 out of 5 Oh yeah... just to add... look out for the cheesy part where the character Komarov falls to his death in a slomo way like Gruber... does. O--M--Goodness!