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(WTOP)   You might want to sit down for this, but it looks like "A Good Day to Die Hard" might not be the most realistic Hollywood movie ever made. "Why is there a swimming pool at an abandoned Chernobyl facility? Why is there clean water in it?"   (wtop.com) divider line 80
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2013-02-15 10:42:48 AM
Not that I'm trying to defend what is sure to be a real stinker of a movie, but I would think it is a nuclear waste pool, maybe?  Water is a great insulator against radiation, to the point that supposedly you could swim in a pool at the top with spent fuel at the bottom, and you would receive less radiation than just walking on the sidewalk on a sunny day.

/didn't read the article
 
2013-02-15 10:48:24 AM
No mention of a plucky black sidekick = Die Hard fail.
 
2013-02-15 10:52:29 AM
Why is there a swimming pool at an abandoned Chernobyl facility?

Look, look how stupid you are
 
2013-02-15 10:52:57 AM
Has Bonnie Bedelia ever been in another movie besides the first? Or do they just concentrate on one of his hot, young daughters?
 
2013-02-15 10:56:03 AM
Stop trying to make sense of it. Its a big dumb action movie, and a fun one.
 
2013-02-15 11:00:41 AM
This is what franchises are good at: Cementing the legacy of their heroes as larger-than-life pop culture figures. However, they do nothing for their filmmakers in the eyes of academic film history.

I don't go to see Die Hard movies for "academic film history".

It's why we hold The Beatles in higher esteem than The Monkees.

Speak for yourself. I'm a believer.

What's that you say? It's unfair to compare a shoot-em-up genre flick to artistic directors like Nichols, Levinson, Wilder, Ray and Anderson? Your honor, I present

No, it doesn't matter what you present. It's still f'n stupid to do so.

As Bruce said in "Pulp Fiction" (1994): "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead," and Mr. Willis, Haley Joel's ready for his closeup. He still sees dead people, and boy do they die hard.

I think this review was just trying to prove to people that the author has seen a bunch of movies, and can make pop culture references.
 
2013-02-15 11:01:22 AM
Movies aren't 100% realistic?  They fudge on facts?  We should all protest and demand a refund!
 
2013-02-15 11:01:30 AM

schubie: Has Bonnie Bedelia ever been in another movie besides the first? Or do they just concentrate on one of his hot, young daughters?


She was in the plane in the second, not sure if she was actually used for the two words or whatever her character spoke on the phone on the third, but not in the fourth that I remember.
 
2013-02-15 11:03:41 AM

Shadowknight: Not that I'm trying to defend what is sure to be a real stinker of a movie, but I would think it is a nuclear waste pool, maybe?  Water is a great insulator against radiation, to the point that supposedly you could swim in a pool at the top with spent fuel at the bottom, and you would receive less radiation than just walking on the sidewalk on a sunny day.

/didn't read the article


As heard in the movie, it's rain water.
 
2013-02-15 11:04:20 AM
The IS a swimming pool in Pryapat.
 
2013-02-15 11:07:31 AM
Because things won't grow in radioactive water?

/DNRTFA
 
2013-02-15 11:10:15 AM

PsyLord: Because things won't grow in radioactive water?

/DNRTFA


Troma films disagree
 
2013-02-15 11:18:45 AM
Apparently there's some sort of chase from Moscow to Chernobyl too, not mentioning that it's twelve hours away and across an international border.
 
2013-02-15 11:24:11 AM
Realism is what I look for in movies.
 
2013-02-15 11:24:19 AM

Karac: No mention of a plucky black sidekick = Die Hard fail.


What the hell are you talkin.....

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cdn1.screenrant.com

mimg.ugo.com

Oh.....
 
2013-02-15 11:29:46 AM
Let me put on my constipated Sherlock hat.
 
2013-02-15 11:50:50 AM

it looks like "A Good Day to Die Hard" might not be the most realistic Hollywood movie ever made


After the documentary-quality masterpiece that was 'Live Free or Die Hard', my entire worldview is shattered. :-|

At least it got Timothy Olyphant into 'Hitman' and 'Justified', so we've got that going for us... which is nice. Obviously his small role in 'Rock Star' wasn't going to be very helpful.
 
2013-02-15 11:52:46 AM

eyeq360: Movies aren't 100% realistic?  They fudge on facts?  We should all protest and demand a refund!


I'm calling my congressman to start a congressional investigation as to why.
 
2013-02-15 11:55:13 AM

Car_Ramrod: What's that you say? It's unfair to compare a shoot-em-up genre flick to artistic directors like Nichols, Levinson, Wilder, Ray and Anderson? Your honor, I present

No, it doesn't matter what you present. It's still f'n stupid to do so.


Barry Levinson? Your average shoot-em-up genre flicks has more art in it than Levinson's awful films.
 
2013-02-15 12:00:08 PM
Live Free or Die hard was beyond ludicrous, action wise. I mean he jumped on a JET.

The first 3 die hards had some over the top stuff. Yet you still felt like it was plausible.

Not for one second did I think Die Hard 4 had something realistic. It was like a parody of the previous movies.

I'm hoping this one redeems the last movies failings.

/The "R" rating again is a good start
 
2013-02-15 12:14:20 PM
Nobody had better tell this to the guys who do Mythbusters. They're absolutely positive that everything portrayed in a movie or a commercial is being portrayed as a real event., The show would go off the air if someone told them movies weren't real.
 
2013-02-15 12:15:40 PM

Shadowknight: /didn't read the article


Didn't need to. Author is a moron.

As for the movie, I'm hearing that it really isn't that good, it's concentrating more on Michael Bay effects than the humor/action/mystery mix that made the first few movies so much fun.
 
2013-02-15 12:20:04 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Live Free or Die hard was beyond ludicrous, action wise. I mean he jumped on a JET.

The first 3 die hards had some over the top stuff. Yet you still felt like it was plausible.

Not for one second did I think Die Hard 4 had something realistic. It was like a parody of the previous movies.

I'm hoping this one redeems the last movies failings.

/The "R" rating again is a good start


I'm with you here.  Once the double-jointed hover-jet appeared the movie lost me.  Because of that, I have no plans on seeing this movie in the theater.  It'll show up someday from Netflix.
 
2013-02-15 12:20:55 PM
I saw it yesterday, it's not great, but it's not as bad as Live Free, and not as bad as most critics are making it out to be. As has already been pointed out, he was jumping around on the wings of planes in the last one. so pretty much anything is a step up from the last one. I was entertained by the car chase.

The bad guys waving around some device to make the radiation just magically go away was pretty ridiculous, though.

Honestly, while they all have their moments, none of the Die Hard sequels are very good movies.
 
2013-02-15 12:38:58 PM

thatguyoverthere70: I saw it yesterday, it's not great, but it's not as bad as Live Free, and not as bad as most critics are making it out to be. As has already been pointed out, he was jumping around on the wings of planes in the last one. so pretty much anything is a step up from the last one. I was entertained by the car chase.

The bad guys waving around some device to make the radiation just magically go away was pretty ridiculous, though.

Honestly, while they all have their moments, none of the Die Hard sequels are very good movies.


www.popcultureattack.com

F-F-F-F-fark you.
 
2013-02-15 12:40:58 PM
The author neglected to discuss the symbolism of Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis hiding the Hawaiian Tropic car in the swimming pool at the beginning of Cannonball Run. The only thing that did was make it purty. It wasn't running worth a shiat, and it was wet.
 
2013-02-15 12:41:40 PM
Showing my 9 year old son Die Hard 1 right now.  Getting a kick.  Cops are about to raid Nakatomi Plaza!
 
2013-02-15 12:44:23 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: At least it got Timothy Olyphant into 'Hitman' and 'Justified', so we've got that going for us... which is nice. Obviously his small role in 'Rock Star' wasn't going to be very helpful.


He was also the not-black detective in the "Gone in 60 Seconds" remake with Nicolas Cage.
 
2013-02-15 12:56:20 PM
If you're going into the new Die Hard for a supernatural horror film, you're gonna have a bad time.
 
2013-02-15 01:02:50 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Karac: No mention of a plucky black sidekick = Die Hard fail.

What the hell are you talkin.....

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Oh.....


How could you forget Al?

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2013-02-15 01:05:51 PM
Has Mary Elizabeth Winstead been able to reprise her role from the 4th film?  To be honest, other than this being full of good action that's really all I care about.
 
2013-02-15 01:09:06 PM
Saw this last night and while I knew it was going to be an over the top action movie, it felt like just generic action movie with the die hard label and Bruce Willis. I wasn't expecting it to be plot driven or interesting like the first one but this one was just bland comic bullshiat. Movie was only 1 1/2 hrs long yet felt longer than all the Lord of the rings extended editions combined.
 
2013-02-15 01:12:18 PM

orclover: Showing my 9 year old son Die Hard 1 right now.  Getting a kick.  Cops are about to raid Nakatomi Plaza!


I don't have kids and I hope I never will. But one thing I am missing out on is showing Die Hard to my son. It should be a tradition. The new equivalent of taking him out into the backyard with a ball and glove and playing catch with him. If they remade Field of Dreams, it would be about a farmer who lamented not watching Die Hard with his father. Then he hears a voice telling him to build Nakatomi Plaza in his cornfield. After he does that, the ghost of Alexander Gudunov shows up in his cornfield. They reenact scenes from the movie. The voice then instructs the farmer to drive cross country to find Hart "Ellis" Bochner to ease his pain that his directing career never took off, even though PCU was kinda funny. The movie ends when the ghost of the father shows up. "Dad," the farmer says, getting choked up, "would you like to watch Die Hard?" The father replies "I'd like that."

Excuse me. It's getting dusty in here.
 
2013-02-15 01:14:01 PM
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/Oblig
 
2013-02-15 01:29:18 PM

naughtyrev: Jim from Saint Paul: Karac: No mention of a plucky black sidekick = Die Hard fail.

What the hell are you talkin.....

[illbomb.files.wordpress.com image 850x354]

[cdn1.screenrant.com image 450x350]

[mimg.ugo.com image 288x288]

Oh.....

How could you forget Al?

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I did totaly forget Carl Winslow.

My apologies to the quirky black sidekick community.
 
2013-02-15 01:35:30 PM
My wive came home a few nights ago and proudly proclaimed "I picked up a new Blu-Ray player on the cheap."  I pointed out that we don't own any Blu-Ray discs nor needed a new DVD player as the old one worked fine.

20 minutes later, she asked the boys if they were ready to watch a movie....and promptly pulled out a box set of the "Die Hard" movies.  Now I know why she got the Blu-Ray player.

/i think it was a blu-ray set...
//not sure, was more agitated we bought something to replace nothing needed.
 
2013-02-15 01:36:55 PM

toetag: My wive came home a few nights ago and proudly proclaimed "I picked up a new Blu-Ray player on the cheap."  I pointed out that we don't own any Blu-Ray discs nor needed a new DVD player as the old one worked fine.

20 minutes later, she asked the boys if they were ready to watch a movie....and promptly pulled out a box set of the "Die Hard" movies.  Now I know why she got the Blu-Ray player.

/i think it was a blu-ray set...
//not sure, was more agitated we bought something to replace nothing needed.


She probably got the Blu-Ray set from the Amazon sale a week or so ago. It was $20 for the whole thing.
 
2013-02-15 01:42:50 PM

RickN99: Once the double-jointed hover-jet appeared the movie lost me.


The composition of the F-35B action scene was over the top, but the "double-jointed" portion was actually a very accurate rendition of how the F-35B hovers.

The completely unbeleivable part was the F-35B having an internal cannon.
 
2013-02-15 01:43:15 PM

Shadowknight


He was also the not-black detective in the "Gone in 60 Seconds" remake with Nicolas Cage.


There was no remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds".

*Obi-wan hand wave*
 
2013-02-15 01:46:29 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: At least it got Timothy Olyphant into 'Hitman' and 'Justified', so we've got that going for us... which is nice. Obviously his small role in 'Rock Star' wasn't going to be very helpful.


Am I the only person who can't stand Olyphant? A buddy of mine enjoys him too and I don't see it.
 
2013-02-15 01:47:46 PM

YodaBlues: Englebert Slaptyback: At least it got Timothy Olyphant into 'Hitman' and 'Justified', so we've got that going for us... which is nice. Obviously his small role in 'Rock Star' wasn't going to be very helpful.

Am I the only person who can't stand Olyphant? A buddy of mine enjoys him too and I don't see it.



Kinda like the comic Family Circus?
 
2013-02-15 01:54:03 PM
Die Hard 5 was awful. They didn't even attempt to make it a good movie, they simply were trying to suck money out of the franchise. I thought it would be as terrible as 4, but I never expected it to be worse. It's really a shame, because 1 & 3 remain fantastic movies, even all these years later.

/Yes, I did do the movie-marathon
//nerd
 
2013-02-15 01:57:41 PM
I hate sequels...only the first one was REALLY realistic.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:55 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: /The "R" rating again is a good start


Yes, becuase making it R makes the script better.

/never bought into the whole "it has to be R to be good.
 
2013-02-15 02:05:51 PM
Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres.

www.lotustalk.com
 
2013-02-15 02:07:07 PM
The movie really lost me when Bruce Willis showed up on the screen and he wasn't named Bruce Willis, he was being called John McClane or something ridiculous. How unrealistic is that? I mean we all know his name is Bruce Willis who is he trying to fool?
 
2013-02-15 02:07:59 PM

Zombie DJ: Jim from Saint Paul: /The "R" rating again is a good start

Yes, becuase making it R makes the script better.

/never bought into the whole "it has to be R to be good.


Never said it WOULD make it better. Never said it "HAS TO BE R".

I said that the R Rating is a good START. Don't feel swearing and violence need to be hampered down to get a "better" rating is all. 4 suffered for that on top of the stupid writing.
 
2013-02-15 02:23:36 PM
Trolling with the "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" gambit, so tiring.

Internal consistency of the fictional character's world and abilities isn't too much to ask.  Dropping a body off a building and aiming well enough to hit a police car is ok.  Driving a car into an embankment and aiming it well enough to fly fifty feet in the air and strike a helicopter is not.
 
2013-02-15 02:30:31 PM

Champion of the Sun: Trolling with the "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" gambit, so tiring.

Internal consistency of the fictional character's world and abilities isn't too much to ask.  Dropping a body off a building and aiming well enough to hit a police car is ok.  Driving a car into an embankment and aiming it well enough to fly fifty feet in the air and strike a helicopter is not.


This.

The way I say it to friends is: "You can have whatever rules in your fictional world you want. Any. Just *follow* them.".

DH4 did shiat that was simply stupid and didn;t fit within the world of 1-2-3.

I am hoping 5 is better about it.
 
2013-02-15 02:33:22 PM

Champion of the Sun: Trolling with the "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" gambit, so tiring.

Internal consistency of the fictional character's world and abilities isn't too much to ask.  Dropping a body off a building and aiming well enough to hit a police car is ok.  Driving a car into an embankment and aiming it well enough to fly fifty feet in the air and strike a helicopter is not.


That reminds me of the time, Marion drove the jeep will everybody in it off the cliff onto the tree branch, to be safely lowered into the water from Crystal Skulls.
 
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