A Good Day to Die Hard is, of course, the ludicrously titled fifth installment in the long-running franchise spawned by John McTiernan's perfect 1988 action classic. John McClane, once a plucky, sarcastic everyman unexpectedly up against impossible odds, is now taking his adventures to the global level. When his now grown-up son gets into some trouble in Moscow, Russia, McClane leaves his native soil to bail the boy out, only to discover that Jack McClane is, in fact, a CIA agent taking down a plot with catastrophic implications.
So father and son band together, shoot a lot of people, almost get blown up, and presumably learn important lessons about family.
Though it contains some new footage from the latest Die Hard and lots of glimpses at the production, the focus here is squarely on Jai Courtney, the young actor playing Jack McClane. Courtney shares his enthusiasm about shooting a Die Hard movie with Willis and the two run, jump, and shoot quite a lot.
Since the previous installment, 2007's Live Free or Die Hard, tamed down the franchise's signature violence and bad language for the all-important PG-13 rating, it stands to reason that this new film will also prohibit McClane from fully expressing his most oft-repeated line. A damn shame.
John Moore, the director behind Max Payne, Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, and that remake of The Omen, joins the ranks of McTiernan, Renny Harlin, and Len Wiseman as a Die Hard director. He's working from a screenplay by Hitman writer Skip Woods. More importantly, Mary Elizabeth Winstead does indeed return as McClane's daughter, though he appearance is likely to be pretty brief.
A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters nationwide on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013.