2023 Follows a fictionalized version of Kevin Hart, as he tries to become an action movie star. He attends a school run by Ron Wilcox, where he attempts to learn the ropes on how to become one of the industry’s most coveted action stars. Die Hart the Movie Die Hart the VegaMovie.
Die Hart Review : Never a dull moment in this satirical action-comedy
Sreeparna Sengupta, TNN, Feb 22, 2023, 11.11 AM ISTCritic’s Rating: 3.5/5
Story: Playing a fictionalised version of himself, stand- upcomedian Kevin Hart tries his best to break out of the comedy-sidekick mould he has gotten stuck to, in action movies. He now wants the real deal – to be an action hero himself! But does he manage to pull it off?
Review: ‘Die Hart’ the movie has been derived from the already popular bite sized, 10 part series that goes by the same name. Series actors Kevin Hart, John Travolta, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jean Reno reprise their roles in the film, directed by Eric Appel, also the series director.
After having a melt-down in an interview show, Kevin Hart decides he has had enough as a comedy sidekick to action heros. But his melt-down backfires as even the roles he had in hand disappear soon after. So when avant-garde filmmaker, Claude Van De Velde (Jean Reno) wants to offer him for a gritty-action hero’s role, Kevin is instantly game even if it means he has to train to be one, at the Action Star School. Run by Ron Wilcox (John Travolta) the school is in the middle of nowhere, has strict rules like no phones for the entire duration of stay and one is forbidden from meeting anyone from the outside world. Desperate to realise his dream, Kevin decides to comply. He is soon joined by another student, Jordan King (Nathalie Emmanuel), an actor who has landed a role in an action film. As the training takes off full steam, Kevin begins to get the feeling that Ron might be purposely putting him in dangerous situations to get him killed. And that he might be responsible for another murder too. Is Kevin’s hunch correct? And is there much more to the whole situation than meets the eye?
A satirical action-comedy, ‘Die Hart’ hits the bulls eye from the word go. As the film moves from one action set piece to another during the training sessions, the joke is on every cliched action sequence seen in the movies and also Hart himself. Kevin Hart’s comic timing and delivery of dialogues with a straight face in supposedly the most dangerous of situations are definitely his strongholds, adding to the hilarity of the moment. Clearly not cut out to do action, most of his stunts either fail to take off or go horribly wrong mid-way, giving us ample slapstick quotient as well. John Travolta is a delight to watch as Ron, the action-hero trainer, who has his own set of ideosyncracies. Nathalie Emmanuel holds her own very well among the two actors who display completely opposite energies. At one point, when Kevin is upset at Ron for not rescuing him at the right time from a potentially hazardous situation, Ron tells him, “A leading man must learn not to sweat over the small stuff.” Ron is the tough guy and Kevin is on the verge of running away from this absurd action school. But of course there is a lot more at play here as the lines begin to blur between real and reel.
However, even though the humour is on point and the actors are clearly enjoying themselves throughout, ‘Die Hart’ doesn’t soar beyond it’s core idea and is somewhat limited by that. But the jokes don’t stop till the last frame. And on the whole, this meta comedy is a light-hearted, entertaining watch, sure to make you laugh out loud at many points.