This trailer has just about everything you'd expect, with no small amount of explosions and gunfire, as well as Bruce Willis capably smirking his way through the proceedings with John McClane's dry cool wit. Aside from the ballistic material, the focus here is on McClane's relationship with his son Jack McClane, played by Jai Courtney, who is on movie screens right now as a bad guy in Jack Reacher. Father and son apparently share a love of action hero-dom.
The trailer is surprisingly light on story. We know that the elder McClane heads to Moscow, Russia, to bail his boy out of trouble, only to discover that the kid is, in fact, a CIA secret agent on the trail of a very bad man. Here, we know that the bad guy is bad for two reasons: he hates Americans and he's mucking about with enriched uranium. As for his actual plan, we know only that it is thorough and involves a sexy lady slinking off a motorcycle and removing her skintight leather outfit. Also lots of slick, stylized lighting.
Whatever the thoroughly villainous villain's plans are this time around, McClane assures him here, "Me and my boy here, we're gonna put a whuppin' on you." Get a taste of said whupping right here or in high definition at Apple, where the trailer just premiered.
Having gone toe to toe with a fighter jet in Live Free or Die Hard, McClane goes up against a military helicopter here. The result involves a big explosion as the McClane boys go jumping out of a window. Watching that last shot, I'm reminded of the climax of John McTiernan's perfect Die Hard, when McClane ties that fire hose around his waist and you're like, "Oh shit, he's going to jump!" That jump then led to distinct consequences raising the tension. Will that be the case here or is it just another cool shot involving the now-invulnerable cop.
John Moore, best known as the director Max Payne and that remake of The Omen, joins the ranks of Die Hard director, and it's said that his facility with practical effects and action helped him win the job with Fox and Willis. He's working from a screenplay by Hitman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine writer Skip Woods.
It's obviously the Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney show, but the supporting cast here includes Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Yulia Snigir, and even Mary Elizabeth Winstead briefly reprising her Live Free or Die Hard role as John's daughter Lucy.
A Good Day to Die Hard brings the explosions to theaters on Valentine's Day.