Just got back from the Cinema de Lux/directors lounge, of my local Showcase and...mixed feelings about this one. I didn't like the first hour of the movie. It fell into the category of 'action with no context' feel to it, with amazingly-well choreographed car chases, guns firing, lots of explosions and stealthy take downs of people, but despite the flawless execution of the shots, it was pretty dull. Not boring, but dull, with a lot of 'we gotta do X Y & Z' dialogue about character and places I didn't really care for. The first hour had a lot of shaky-cam, too. Nothing really against it, just hate its overuse when there is no need for it. No establishing shots, or, hardly any at all - so characters would be at a location, whether that's a car or a building and it's very sudden and I didn't really have any introduction as to why they were there or where they were going or what the context or purpose was for them being there. It was like '...oh, ok, I guess they are in a car shooting guns now...oh, they are in a building shooting guns now...oh, I guess these guys are the people they have to shoot now...'. Scene after scene. I really didn't like the look of it. It had that saturated blue-green haze over every shot, just like any of the born movies, so when they are in a street in Moscow and the camera is following cars, it all just blends together into a blue-green nothingness - a bit like Metro or Wake Island on BF3. I guess it's something to do with shooting on digital perhaps? or just ridiculous amounts of color correction in post - shame, it really needed colour. Was it a Die Hard movie? Well, sadly; no. It lacked that 'right guy in the wrong place' feel to it and the father-son relationship was the only thing it had going for it; and even that felt tacked-on. The 2nd half was better than the first, but fell apart with dumb villains and endless supplies of enemy cannon fodder wrapped up in a dumb plot. John McClane looks old, very old and this franchise along with it. Oh, and there is the F word in it, (surprising for a 12A) but it's not where it should be: Yippee-ki-yay.