On July 15, 1988, 20th Century Fox released the newest movie from Predator director John McTiernan. It was the story of a Christmas party gone wrong, and featured a script that had already been turned down by nearly every A-list action star in Hollywood. So the studio settled for TV actor and co-star of the ABC show Moonlighting, Bruce Willis. The movie was titled Die Hard and it went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year, catapulting Willis into stardom and becoming the greatest action movie ever made.
On February 13, 2013, 20th Century Fox released the newest movie from Max Payne director John Moore. It was the story of a father-son relationship gone awry and featured a script that had been shown to only one A-list action star in Hollywood: Bruce Willis. The movie was titled A Good Day to Die Hard and it has now tarnished the franchise spawned from the greatest action movie ever made.
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Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones. All great…for the most part. But for my money, my favorite film franchise all time is Die Hard. And as much as some people might want to rip on 2007’s Live Free of Die Hard, I loved it. The movie was throughly entertaining. Outside of Bruce Willis it also starred several of my other favorite actors – Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Smith, Maggie Q…it was awesome.
Well now, 4 years after Willis proved wrong people who said he was too old, we’re getting a 5th movie. And that movie, for the 4th time, appears to have a Director –
Justin Lin Joe Cornish Noam Murro John Moore according to Deadline.
Now, I’ve got nothing against Mr. Moore personally, but this isn’t a choice that instills me with a lot of confidence. Here are the last 4 movies he has directed: Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen, Max Payne. Not the greatest run I’ve seen, and apparently I’m not alone. The average score of these four movies on IMDb is 5.75, and on Rotten Tomatoes they average about 27%. That’s…well, really bad. I saw all 4 of these. Behind Enemy Lines was mediocre, the Flight of the Phoenix remake was ok, but forgettable, The Omen remake was kinda shitty, and Max Payne was flat out terrible. This is the guy helming the newest Die Hard? Please Mr. Moore. Step you game up.