SHOOT-EM-UP FAIL: GI Joe Retaliation sets new low standards in the genre.
SHOOT-EM-UP FAIL: GI Joe Retaliation sets new low standards in the genre.

Sequels refuse to die

Title: A Good Day to Die Hard

Director: John Moore

Rated: M

 

Title: GI Joe: Retaliation

Director: Jon M Chu

Rated: M

No stars

AMERICAN action star Bruce Willis has recently spoken out against new gun laws in the US, saying there is no link between his mega shoot-em-up movies and the repeated mass shootings that continue to plague his "land of the free, home of the brave".

The weaponry rights of America's second amendment remain as essential a foundation to American society as they continue to dominate their movies.

So, as we in Oz, are looking down the barrel of the Autumn school holidays, we have the ignominy of two Bruce Willis flicks to entertain our youngsters.

As befits good Hollywood business sense, both A Good Day to Die Hard and GI Joe: Retaliation are slavish sequels to previous violent Willis flicks, and in our modern teen computer gamers' world these films are wholly targeted at the trigger-fingers of our mostly male young shooters, who decimate hordes of baddies on their screens every day.

In both movies Bruce Willis plods through an identical role with no apparent effort and seemingly not much interest. He's cattle-prodded from bed to either save his son or save the world, and this involves a mind boggling number of bullets and explosions and a fabulously amoral body count.

The relentless car chase sequence in the Die Hard movie through the streets of Moscow marks a new low in the total disconnect and disregard for death and injury to countless innocents. Meanwhile GI Joe and his buddies appear to inadvertently wipe out a considerable swathe of their own US forces.

John Moore is an "action" director of some note but Jon M Chu's background is largely in sequels to the Step Up movies and the Justin Bieber flick, and it certainly shows. A Good Day to Die Hard is over-the-top bad, but GI Joe: Retaliation is just woeful. It ticks all the appropriate boxes of terrible script, wooden acting and poor by-the-numbers directing in what is basically a computer game movie.

GOOD DAY TO GIVE UP: Bruce Willis is dying hard... again.
GOOD DAY TO GIVE UP: Bruce Willis is dying hard... again.

 

 

 A Good Day to Die Hard and GI Joe: Retaliation are both currently screening at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas, Lismore.

 

 

 Correction to last week's review: Performance will be screened at Star Court Theatre, Lismore on Friday April 12 at 7.30pm and Sunday April 14 at 5.30pm.


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