Some told me that this was a fantastic Die Hard movie. Not “Live Free or Die Hard” or that “Today Is A Good Day To Die Hard” or whatever the newer ones were called. Old Die Hard. Original Die Hard. But without Bruce Willis.
Instead the lead is Channing Tatum. Don’t know if that is a deal breaker for you, but this was a good movie.
It is a spiritual Die Hard movie, the same elements as the original. Down on his luck cop (government security officer in White House Down) gets stuck in a position where he is asked to go above and beyond the call of duty to protect someone he loves. In Die Hard, it was Willis’ ex/wife. In White House Down, it’s Tatum’s daughter.
But this isn’t Praise A Movie So People Watch It. This is How To Fix It.
And the only thing that I would fix is Channing Tatum.
Now, understand, I don’t hate him as an actor, or a human being. I am sure he is a great guy. But it was something only he could bring to the character that I wish wasn’t there.
The sarcasm and corny quips continually reminded me that I was watching Channing Tatum. The same guy that was in 21 and 22 Jump Street, because he was making similar jokes, and similar remarks (though not as dumb as the previous mentioned films).
For me, it kept pulling me out of the film. I half-expected Jonah Hill to come around a corner at one point.
Now, this is not Channing Tatum’s fault. I would look at the director. He (or she, don’t remember which) decided that they wanted that dialogue in their film, and they wanted it done the way that Tatum delivered it. Fine. Their choice. I would have done it differently.
The rest of the movie is solid. Great action without getting crazy. A real-ness to the characters that made every relatable or make some kind of sense.
It’s nice to be able to say that you would only change the smallest thing in a movie. It means that Hollywood (or the director at least) knows what the audience is wanting, and can deliver. Let’s hope that they make similar movie choices, like White House Down, in the future.
And that’s How To Fix It.