Die Hard was about an everyday cop who got stuck in a (series of) un-everyday situation(s). He was a regular Joe just trying to go about his business. Now, in Die Hard 5, he is a freaking superman. He is completely indestructible and capable of doing literally anything and surviving any physical assault, despite being 25 years older than in the original.
This film continues the process of Die Hard 4 in stripping away everything that made the original films charming. It is full of generic action scenes, try-too-hard dialogue and two-dimensional characters who could appear in any run-of-the-mill action blockbuster.
Aside from the name of the lead character this film has absolutely no connection to any of the characters in the other films.
The script tries too hard. Despite flying out to Russia to see his son who is in jail for murder, he keeps insisting right to the bitter end that he is “on vacation”. And every time he makes this wholly inaccurate claim, it falls flat. Every single time. Then there is the part where despite multiple car bombs, people firing bag-ass machine guns and a high speed pursuit in what is essentially a tank, he still finds time to be flippant whilst alone, without any sense of irony or desire to understand what is going on.
The story is pretty stupid and involves going to Chernobyl, where a quick spray makes radiation not an issue. There is a mirror image of the troubled McClane family (this time it is the song with daddy issues) and the jailed Russian former oligarch and his daughter, which doesn’t really work. There is also a needlessly irritating, too smug with itself despite being a completely obvious thing to do, with a clear visual reference to the original movie.
The action is the action is the action. It is big, loud and stupid.
If this had been billed as a generic action movie, none of this would have been so bad. As it is, this is a ridiculous film which seems to have switched labels with something else as it bears no relation to the Die Hard we all know and love.