Just saw this today. man oh man what a disappointment. Let me first preface that I missed the first 10-15min, but being the trailers pretty much showed what those 10-15min were, i really don't think i missed very much.
For starters, this is not the John McClane I wanted- this is more of a cranky, gun blazing, traffic destroying, semi-retired wacko with no real reason to be there, other than to keep saying he's "on vacation". His son is even worse- as Jim Rome would describe it- "wooden and laconic"
The action scenes were over blown and flashy just for the sake of flashy, as if to tell the audience "yeah, they let us do this, so we'll crash as many cars and shoot up as many buildings in Moscow as we can!" it felt like a third-rate Michael Bay sequence, and i'm being generous.
Those looking for DH1 or even DH4 will come away unimpressed by the end result. And don't get me started on HUGE logistical issues, such as seeing a parked helicopter across the street on clearly another building, and somehow the bad guy can exit that room(which is on the top floors), go down to the lobby, cross the street to the other building, go up the elevator to the roof, and board the helicopter, all within 3-5 min. Or even better, portraying Chernobyl almost like a suburb of Moscow...Uh, no.
And I think it goes for a majority of guys who play video games, any Chernobyl or Pripyat scenes will always be referenced against Modern Warfare 1, and any imagery that doesn't match the desolation MW1 portays is total letdown.
Also, the bad guys were totally awful. Even actual Russians would tell you that those bad guys looked like idiots. Hans Gruber you will never have an equal...
This was a movie I really had high hopes for, but fell flat on its face scene after scene.Some of you might like it and have better results. But for me, it the Jar-Jar Binks of the whole series right now.