10 Most Ridiculous Ways Movie Characters Cheated Death
10. John McClane Makes A Splash - A Good Day To Die Hard
It is universally accepted that John McClane has made the transition from everyman to Superman. He is now an unkillable quip machine who is looking increasingly bored with his tedious duty to save us all. The filmmakers' attempts at a change of scenery by sending him to Russia in the 5th installment - A Good Day to Die Hard - doesn't disguise the fact that he's just not the same character as he was in the first three films. Throughout the course of the the movie, McClane proves himself to be a force of nature, crippling Russia's motorways with reckless driving and casual racism. It's fine, however, as Russians are the go to enemy for the Hollywood action film and - as our supposedly relatable American police officer storms Chernobyl killing hundreds of people - you can't help but wonder what the point is. I knew I had to include McClane in this list and I was tempted to look at the original trilogy to find one of many high-stakes situations he finds himself in. Then I thought: that would be too easy. Surely it's better to look into a film where the stakes have seemingly been removed and he needs to do something truly ludicrous to make it seem as though he's in any danger? This ludicrous something happens to be leaping from what looks like a 10-story building into a small irradiated pool whilst flipping off the stock Russian baddy. While flipping someone off as they explode may seem pretty awesome, by this point in the film it has veered from so bad it's good to just plain bad.