Oh, John McClane – what absurdity have your corporate masters wrought?
News reaches us today that Twentieth Century Fox, noted purveyors of the cinematic arts, have taken the proverbial low road and are releasing “A Good Day to Die Hard” with a 12A rating. The BBFC, our film classification organisation, offered Fox an uncut 15 certificate – the closest US equivalent being the R rating – but Fox took the BBFC’s advice on the necessary trims to get the rating down to a level suitable for the UK’s sugar-addled tween boys to behold.
In related news, I’m bailing on this franchise.
I have no problem with reducing the level of violence in a movie – given the choice between thrilling adventure and bloody conflict, I’m fine with dialling back the gore – but I do have problems with a distributor lying to an audience about the actual tone of their film in order to make a double-dip cash-grab. Remember the ‘uncut’ release of “Die Hard 4.0” on DVD and Blu-Ray? Yep, pretty much the same film as the theatrical cut bar some more unfettered cursing and stupid digital blood.
We can only expect Fox to push a bogus, unexpurgated cut in due course which presents the preferred, definitive experience for cineastes – wouldn’t it be better to have the courage of your convictions and make an actual, honest-to-goodness, “Die Hard” movie again? Or is that just a notion which boggles minds over at Fox?
I call reboot, people. Free McClane!