Die Hard introduced iconic modern American cowboy John McClane (Bruce Willis). The character has sustained in popularity over 25 years of changes – in terms of both the general political climate and Hollywood landscape – and returns in next month’s fifth installment A Good Day to Die Hard.
Previous trailers built up to a bombastic payoff, highlighting the fireworks and wise-crackin’ that ensues once McClane takes a trip to Russia, seeking to help out his grown son Jack (Jai Courtney). However, McClane Sr. is unaware that junior’s a secret CIA op, looking to stop a bad bunch of terrorists from getting their hands on some loose nukes.
The latest A Good Day to Die Hard hits the ground running, cutting quickly through the activities of said Russian terrorists – which includes Cole Hauser (Pitch Black), Sebastin Koch (Unknown) and model-turned actress Yulia Snigir as the mystery stripping motorcyclist seen throughout marketing – before culminating with a non-stop onslaught of vehicle collisions, helicopter gunfire, massive explosions and both McClanes running about like a pair of superheroes who can survive anything (be it enemy fire or a plummet through several glass ceilings into freezing water).
Of course, it’s not a proper trailer without the requisite joke about its star being a member of the 50+ crowd (see previews for fast-approaching titles like The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head) – just in case anyone needs a winking reminder that this inherently ridiculous action movie sequel is, well… kind of ridiculous.
This trailer offers the best taste of director John Moore, cinematographer Jonathan Sela and editor Dan Zimmerman’s handiwork, recalling their collaborative efforts on movies that people love-to-hate (Max Payne, The Omen (2006)). A Good Day to Die Hard also has a cold metallic color scheme and grimly-filtered visual style, which makes it look more like a Jason Bourne movie than John McClane adventure (the overseas setting contributes to that feeling).
All the same, there’s something to admire about a film with a poster tagline this cheesy, a cast featuring multiple European supermodels and trailers promising to fulfill every whim of straight male action junkies; not to mention, everyone else (see: topless Courtney). Plus, you can always count on screenwriter Skip Woods to not skimp on the out-of-control spectacle, as evidenced by such films as Hitman and The A-Team. It harkens back to The Expendables 2, but with contemporary global-political awareness and less self-referencing; that should move the fifth Die Hard away from Expendables self-parody territory. Hopefully (?), it’s for the best.
A Good Day to Die Hard opens in U.S. theaters on Valentine’s Day.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers
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