|DVD To Die Is Hard
Run time: 87 min
Genres: Action | Comedy
Director: Glenn Berggoetz
Writers: Glenn Berggoetz
Stars: Glenn Berggoetz, Baird Lefter, Lauren von Engeln
When a gang of terrorists invade a campus building, it’s up to English professor Joe McCann to save the day.
|Plot Keywords: spoof|
Release Date: 2010 (USA)
Budget: $1,500 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $595 (USA) (13 June 2014)
Gross: $4,189 (USA) (27 June 2014)
Only one man can take on the challenge of stopping a band of ruthless criminals who have taken hostages (well, one) at a Denver college campus. That man is…an English professor?!? Made by a small crew and a very game cast, "To Die is Hard" trots out every cliché of the genre and then amps each one to the Nth degree. The supportive cop in cell phone-contact with the lone hero? He spends his time dancing and eating cookies. The criminal mastermind? Wears glasses, goes by the name of Anton and forces info from an innocent woman by speaking in a monotone. The gang of thugs? So evil they don't notice the shirtless stud of a teacher stalking them from some very obvious hiding places. The loving wife and daughter? Spending the day daydreaming about our hero and his sexual charisma–YES, BOTH OF THEM. Many laughs to be had, not to mention great camera-work, inspired performances, funny songs and slapping. Lots of slapping.
There are a number of words that come to mind for me when I think of what it was like to watch "To Die is Hard." Fun, goofy, and hilarious are a few of them. Yes, it's not "Citizen Kane," but then neither are films like "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun," yet those are still fantastic films. "To Die is Hard" is similar to those films in flavor.
It's apparent the film doesn't take itself too seriously. Between the slapping, the goofy fascination the lead character's wife and daughter have for him, and the way the lead character is shown running in slow motion while topless to show off every jiggle of his middle-aged flabbiness, this film is made simply to give the viewer a few laughs and an enjoyable hour and a half. "To Die is Hard" delivers on both accounts.
Some English professor saves the school from a gang of villains. He is adored by many and clearly is in love with himself. The writer/director of the movie must be in love with himself too, as plays the main character.
I saw this on the marquee of my local indie theater and decided to check it out, BIG MISTAKE. One of the worst movies I have ever seen, I am not sure who would think this is funny.
Who ever wrote the first review on this must have been part of the movie crew, because I cannot imagine anyone else enjoying this.
Plain and simple this movie tries too hard. The acting sucks, the camera work sucks, and the story-line sucks. Not a spoof anymore just stupid.