I didn’t see a thread so I figured I’d start one.
Let me list some of my favorite action movies to give you an idea what I like:
Die Hard, Predator, The Rundown, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator 2, True Lies, The Mummy, The Avengers, …well, lots more slip my mind but I’d have to say I like substance over style. If a movie has too many edits and cuts and shaky cam I get pissed off. I really really hated the Pierce Brosnan 007 movies…I like Daniel Craig’s ones. I abhor movies with chicks in leather firing two guns at zombies and all that shit.
There will be SPOILERS so please be careful!
First, I hated the damn thing. It was very stupid and actually boring even those a lot of stupid things blew up. I’d rate it 5/10.
I should say I saw the first one when I was in junior high dickhead (That’s a reference to a line from the first film) and of course think that was the best one, the second was OK, the third was a return to greatness and the 4th I thought was the worst till this new one came out.
Bruce did a great job looking a little scared and nervous and exasperated in the first three but it was in the 4th movie that they had him acting like he was bored or aloof or something. He really doesn’t even act like the same character.
I mean remember in the first movie he needs to tie a fire hose around his waist before he jumps off the roof to get away from the bomb and helicopter? He was talking to himself saying he’d never go up in a tall building and that he was so scared and so forth…now? Pffft! He runs and jumps out of a window and is at least 20 floors up with only scaffolding out there.
Bruce’s face never even really changes the whole time in this movie no matter what happens. Maybe it’s a sign of the times because we have those movies with chicks in leather firing two guns as they jump from a helicopter onto a moving truck or some shit…y’know the kind of stuff even Indiana Jones wouldn’t do without making a “Holy shit!” sort of face. I guess I show my age but because of CG they now they can show anything so now you have helicopters blowing up and sending their rotors crashing a tenth of an inch from the good guy’s head and so on.
Also, just in case someone comes along with the old “Dude, it’s an action movie! It’s supposed to be dumb with explosions!”…well we do need to be a little discerning, right? I mean you can’t just say with any action movie that someone thinks is bad in all ways (writing, dialog, acting, effects etc.) that it’s all OK because action movies are supposed to be big and dumb.
C’mon, it’s not like I’m sitting watching the thing with a monocle and a snifter of brandy and sitting in a leather armchair with my smoking jacket on saying “This latest Die Hard is much inferior to the works of Faulkner.”