‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Trailer: Guns, Explosions, & ‘The 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm,

One day ago, we reported that the first official A Good Day to Die Hard image had arrived online – teasing the team-up between fan-favorite yippee ki-yay butt-kicker John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son Jack (Jai Courtney). Now, 20th Century Fox is offering a much more intimate (or in this case, explosive) look at the new film – with a one-minute teaser trailer.

Despite expectation that Willis, who continues to own his aging action hero persona better than most of his contemporaries, will deliver another enjoyable performance as McClane, movie lovers seem to be split on whether they’re excited for one more round of Die Hard. Fortunately, the first trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard lays out a clear message about what audiences can look forward to: guns, explosions, hot women in black leather, and more.

A Good Day to Die Hard is set for a February 14th – just in time for Valentines Day. Judging by the trailer footage, it’s no coincidence that film is debuting alongside a slew of Holiday rom-coms – as the next John McClane adventure, chock full of crashing cars and gunfire, will offer extreme counter programming.

Given the no-holds-barred flash-a-second tone of the trailer, Fox is clearly trying to sell action-lovers on A Good Day to Die Hard – and we can assume that later trailers will provide more substantive insight into the actual plot of the film as well as the relationship between McClane and his son John Jr. (aka Jack) played by Courtney (Jack Reacher and Spartacus: Blood and Sand).

Bruce Willis Jai Courtney Die Hard A Good Day to Die Hard Trailer: Guns, Explosions, & The 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey

The father and son relationship will, no doubt, be pivotal if director John Moore (Max Payne) wants his Die Hard installment to not only be a competent McClane movie but also deliver a talked about action film for audiences who aren’t Die Hard, well, diehards. Ever since Willis teamed-up with Samuel L. Jackson in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the one-man-army Die Hard films became variations of the “buddy cop” genre – resulting in a mixed response to the various companion heroes.

Instead of bringing back Justin Long’s Live Free or Die Hard hacker, Matt Farrell, the filmmakers decided to go with a more “personal” story – as McClane travels to Russia after his son is arrested. Courtney reportedly beat out a rumored list of actors for the role that, at one point, included Ben Foster (The Mechanic), Emmy-winner Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2) – so there’s a lot of pressure on the actor to sell the connection between his character and the senior McClane, not to mention sister (with fan-favorite actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also returning).

The trailer also opts to showcase A Good Day to Die Hard‘s villains out of any story context – only showing Sebastian Koch (Unknown) and Cole Hauser (Pitch Black) amidst explosions, as well as Russian model-turned-actress Yulia Snigir dressed head to toe in fitted leather. The lack of concrete character details, i.e. Russian evildoers, has been off-putting to some potential moviegoers – hopefully, in addition to the McClane father/son arc, future marketing will also sell the film’s villains as more than just cliche targets for Bruce Willis to chase.


Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on A Good Day to Die Hard, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

A Good Day to Die Hard opens in U.S. theaters on February 14th, 2013.

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  1. Love it, with ode to Joy too, can’t wait to see this, looks like an orgy of action and Bruce is looking great. For a teaser its impressive. Sold.

    • Yeah, as uncultured as it may seem, that pieve of music always reminds me of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’.

      Kewl ‘spolsions!!

      • Pfffft “pieve” of music?? lol (^-^)

  2. Ben, Jai was in Spartacus: Blood and Sand not Vengeance. Really, they should do away with the subtitles of the show and just say Spartacus. And I don’t mean to be that guy.

    • Thanks! I’ll fix that. IMDB had him listed for both.

      • I think he was on a flashback in Vengance

  3. Looks good to me…
    I realize it’s only 1 minute of footage but this is what I look for in my action films.
    I grew up watching action films of the 80′s and early 90′s and this looks like it will have the feel and look of those films.
    On a side note,
    It’s in my opinion that all casting directors should be sent a memo that says if Aaron Paul auditions or wants to be in your film you cast him without question. Nothing against the actor they cast to play McClane’s son but now that I know that Paul was even being considered for this movie and not cast is a bummer for me. :)

  4. looks great, cant wait!!! i hope they dont do what they did with the mummy 3 and have it from the sons point of view so he can carry the torch after bruce leaves. keep bruce up front and center!

  5. bah, its not even Christmas. Jesus.

    • You tried this in the other Die Hard thread. Once again i must inform you that only 2 Die Hard movies where based at christmas. It was mentioned only in Die Hard 3 but it was not xmas. Pretty much not mentioned in Die Hard 4. So its not like with Die Hard 5 they phased christmas out, its been out for ooh 15 years now.

      • They only did it in Die Hard 2 because that movie was just chock full of “hey, remember the first film?” gimmicks.

    • don’t think they wanna go up against the hobbit

  6. So he thinks he can come to Mother Russia, kill our people, take our prisoner and Leave without a bullet in his Brain.. Mr McLane is in Wrong Lane thin time..

  7. So he thinks he can come to Mother Russia, kill our people, take our prisoner and Leave without a bullet in his Brain.. Mr McLane is in Wrong Lane this time..

    • except he is not in russia but hungary

  8. Yummy, hot Russian model in black leather xD Oh the trailer was nice too.

  9. Die Hard 5: Teal Hard

    I’ve really had it with that color grading…

  10. Ok so yesterday I was moaning and today…….. I stand corrected, this looks awesome!!

    McClane has got his swagger back and is cracking wise like he should be! His one liners felt forced in the last one and McClane seemed out of his depth with all the computer hacker stuff, granted this is a 1 minutes trailer but it has definitely wet my appetite for more!!

  11. Looks a lot better than I was expecting! :)

  12. Well….I’m impressed -slow clap-

  13. why the blue color scheme?

    • Because that’s the current fad. Well, actually audiences got fed up with that look at least 5 years ago, but Hollywood is still in the process of catching up with that fact.

  14. Looks Epic i’m in for this one

  15. haha that was awesome love willis so gonna see this

  16. the 007 of Plainfield, N.J. !…one of the bad ass characters of all time

  17. Trailer looks good, might give it a whirl.

    Will depend upon the chemistry between father and son, if it don’t feel right then it’s going to be a handicap.

  18. Just another day for John McClane. :D

  19. That’s amazing post,really i love this,thanks for sharing.

  20. Future Post: Ben Cancels Die Hard 5

  21. Weakling humaaannns!! Not only do you put the petaQ Kirk above Klingons, you then steal one of our most revered statements!! If I were real, I would kill all of you where you stand!!!

    Would someone throw him an earthworm?


    Looks cool to me. I’m in.

    • @Kahless

      I don’t know what it is, but the way he says “The 007 of Plainfield New Jersey” just made me laugh out loud… :-D Bruce Willis has a way of just being funny without even trying, lol.

  22. For just a teaser, I’m very impressed by what I see. Helicopters, rocket launchers, lots of gunfire & a nice McClane zinger. Hope this one delivers.

  23. This family has the worst luck. Bunch of trouble magnets

  24. Bruce Willis is god as McLane and I love die hard movies a lot so I look forward to this one it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the chemistry with him and his son, Im totally seeing this

  25. I just had a shiver run down my back.


  26. Just a very nice site Thanks for Sharing A nice info about new movie

  27. I look forward to it (even though I was opting for Justin to make a return).