In Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth sequel to John McTiernan's 1988 masterclass in action filmmaking Die Hard, John McClane not only averted a nationwide catastrophe, he destroyed a Lockheed F-35 – a stealth fighter jet worth hundreds of millions of dollars – with his bare goddamn hands. Since, as a franchise, Die Hard has been all about escalation (from a high rise to an airport to a full city to the Eastern seaboard to the entire country of Russia), it's sort of surprising that this clip has McClane facing a massive military helicopter. Don't get me wrong, it's a big piece of deadly hardware, but after McClane used a Crown Vic to blow up a flying chopper in that last movie without breaking a sweat, this "big ole bird" should be a piece of cake.
In fact, there are two McClanes in this clip, so they should probably be able to make this helicopter explode while simultaneously doing expert-level sudoku. The familiar McClane is, of course, Bruce Willis as everyman-NYPD-cop-turned-unkillable-action-machine John McClane. The new one is Jai Courtney as John "Jack" McClane Jr., his estranged son.
This clip, which debuted at Yahoo! Movies, is the third one we've seen so far. The first, depicting a car chase through Moscow, and the second, in which our heroes are captured, can view by clicking here and here, respectively.
Like National Lampoon's European Vacation, Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo, and this summer's Fast & Furious 6, A Good Day to Die Hard drops the familiar franchise elements into a European setting. McClane ventures well outside his jurisdiction to Moscow, Russia, where his grown-up son has been involved in some high profile criminality. Once he arrives, however, our hero discovers that his progeny is, in fact, a CIA agent on the trail of a nefarious villain with some sort of grand plan.
John Moore joins McTiernan, Renny Harlin, and Len Wiseman in the series director club. Initially, Fox and Willis selected Noam Murro to direct this fourth sequel, but he ended up directing the prequel 300: Rise of an Empire for Warner Bros. instead. Moore, who is said to have been hired based largely on his skill with practical effects, helmed Max Payne, Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, and the remake of The Omen.
A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters on February 14th.