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While we may not all agree on the specific severity of awfulness, I think we can all agree that A Good Day to Die Hard was one of 2013’s worst action films, if not all of the year’s films in general. It was almost dangerous to watch Bruce Willis dial in John McClane’s latest exploits, and Willis himself made it clear in August that he was tired of starring in action movies. Naturally, he’s gone and gotten himself attached not just to another action movie but to a role that was vacated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. So, I guess that earlier plan is out the window. Willis has signed on for the lead role in the Brazilian hostage thriller Captive from Emmet/Furla Films and Aldamisa Entertainment.
Captive will be directed by Simon Brand, the Columbian director who got his break with the 2006 locked-room mystery Unknown, from a script written by Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks, Benjamin A. van der Veen (Che: Part Two) and Paolo Marinou-Blanco (Goodnight Irene). The screenplay was tweaked for Willis’ sake, according to Deadline, hopefully lessening the amount of deadpan one-liners, but probably not by much.
In the film, Willis will play a real estate developer on a job in Brazil when he finds himself kidnapped and held for ransom by a squad of doofuses who wrongfully assume that he’s got tons of money. But instead of waiting around for his captors to figure out that his bank account isn’t loaded, he tries to escape the armored truck in which he’s imprisoned. Meanwhile, a detective is on the hunt for him, and I’m really hoping they nab someone credible to play that part. No Nicolas Cage and no Jason Statham, though if they wanted to somehow meld those two actors together to create a supercop specifically for this film, I’d be game.
As you can guess, this isn’t even the only action movie that Willis has coming up. He’s also starring in Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and he’ll be playing a bad guy in Brian A. Miller’s Vegas thriller The Prince. And let’s not forget he also filled 2013 with those other substandard sequels Red 2 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
It’s a good day to watch one of Willis’ better movies. Or even Hudson Hawk, which was at least an ambitious kind of terrible. But just in case that doesn’t sound like a good idea, maybe you’ll enjoy watching everything that the fifth Die Hard film did wrong.