Redbox Review: Die Hard 27 – Bruce Willis Actually Dying

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Hannah DeVries, Co-Editor

Best line: Yippie-kay-ay, mo-

Rating: 800/1000

There are certain actors that, when you see them in a movie, you just know they’re not going to die. Take for example, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson. Morgan Freeman’s voice is way too awesome to  take away from a movie, and Liam Neeson is…well…Liam Neeson. That level of epicness just can’t die. Of course there are a few exceptions, even for these Hollywood giants. And there are always those actors who just can’t catch a break, like Sean Bean (LOTR, The Island, Game of Thrones etc.), whose blood has stained the silver screen at least twenty-five different times. That’s rough.

But there are always those actors who get the crap totally beaten out of them and they JUST NEVER DIE! One of these actors whose fate never seems to catch up with them is Bruce Willis, who is debuting in yet another Die Hard movie. The franchise is already built on four movies: Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and then finally Live Free or Die Hard. They’ve done alright, having a plotline just barely strong enough to withstand the massive amounts of explosions, gunfights, fistfights, and helicopter fights that are the bread and butter of these movies.

And then there’s Die Hard 27: A Death Like No Other. And guess what. Bruce Willis actually dies. It starts out pretty cliché: you get the (now unnecessary) introduction of Willis as John McClain, the new version of the trusty, scruffy sidekick, O’Hair, (played by Sean Austin), and then enter the villain. In Die Hard 27, it’s the Irish Mob, and one could argue this is ultimately what kills McClain. Anyone else seeing the connection between our bald Irish friend and the Irish mob?

Giving nothing away, of course, all you have to know is that if you’re looking for an adrenaline-rush inducing ride of exploding helicopters and chase scenes that are totally believable, then Die Hard 5 is right for you. The dramatic delivery of his final line and the fact that O’Hair is the one walking away from the final explosion just might jerk a few tears as well. If this isn’t enough to get you to see the movie, then the fact that the producers are already in the running for an award for their duct-tape and tank scene should put this movie at the top of your must-see list.

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