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Rated R · 97 minutes · 2013

Action/Adventure, Thriller
Bruce Willis returns yet again as world-weary every-cop John McClane, this time reconnecting with his estranged son (Jai Courtney) and taking on a terrorist network in Russia. Unnecessary but not unwatchable, this maintains a brisk pace as it moves through the familiar action set pieces, most of them decently orchestrated; it also avoids both the leaden self-seriousness of Sylvester Stallone's Rambo and Rocky reboots and the self-congratulating, would-be camp of his Expendables movies. The father-son relationship is unconvincing, though, partly because Courtney is so lifeless (he seems to have been cast so as not to upstage Willis) and partly because the filmmakers don't give a damn about characterization anyway. John Moore (Max Payne) directed.
Director: John Moore
Producer: Alex Young, Wyck Godfrey, Skip Woods and Jason Keller
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Rasha Bukvic, Cole Hauser, Yulia Snigir and Mary Winstead


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