A Good Day to Die Hard – A.K.A. Die Hard 5 – is less than a month away from being released and, unlike its Len Wiseman-directed predecessor, we have assurances that it’s R rated. Do fans of the series who were disappointed by Live Free and Die Hard dare get their hopes up for what some have dubbed “Die Hard in Russia”?

Now, sixteen new stills from A Good Day have been released, featuring Bruce Willis as John McClane, Jai Courtney as John “Jack” McClane Jr., Yuliya Snigir as Irina, and Sebastian Koch as the villainous Komorov. 

Check out the stills below, courtesy of The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide:

The stills, like the various trailers released before them, tell a tale of father and son…fighting bad guys in Russia. When John McClane’s son, “Jack” – a CIA agent – gets into trouble in Moscow, John has to travel abroad and help his son out. Presumably, “helping his son out” turns into having to fight terrorists, because what sort of Die Hard movie would this be without terrorists (or at least thieves masquerading as terrorists)?

Everything we’ve seen of A Good Day to Die Hard makes it look more like a buddy cop movie than any previous Die Hard film, save for maybe Die Hard with a Vengeance. Sure, some might argue that Sergeant Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) was McClane’s “buddy” in the first film or that Matthew Farrell (Justin Long) was his “buddy” in the fourth, but an important distinction between a “sidekick” and a “buddy cop” is that sidekicks assist the main character while buddy cops are of (nearly) equal power and importance.

Both Powell and Farrell functioned more like sidekicks than partners to McClane. Zeus (Sam Jackson) from Vengeance, on the other hand, was a prime example of a buddy cop, fighting bad guys, stopping bombs, and jumping off bridges, even if he didn’t make his bones by doing police work (see: 48 Hrs. for another example of a buddy cop duo with only one cop). Likewise, “Jack” McClane appears to be far more than a mere sidekick in A Good Day to Die Hard.

You can see some of the obligatory buddy cop tropes in the stills above – John and “Jack” McClane arguing, “Jack” pulling his gun on John, John and “Jack” teaming up and going toe-to-toe with the bad guys. From the trailers and the stills, it seems pretty obvious that “Jack” is going to be nearly as (if not equally) formidable a badass as his father, though I hope that when the inevitable fight between them comes to pass, the father puts the son in his place. I mean, it’s his fifth movie. It only seems right.

(Side note: Does A Good Day to Die Hard mark the first father/son buddy cop duo?)

I have to say, I’m just a tad bit bummed that Die Hard 5 didn’t go with my zany idea for a story (the entire Gruber family – mother, sisters, a brother, a cousin, and an uncle – seeks to avenge Hans and Simon by hunting down John McClane on (wait for it) Christmas Eve). That said, I’m definitely more intrigued by A Good Day now than I was when the first trailer hit. Some of that’s due to the R rating, some of that’s due to nostalgia, some of that’s due to the practical action sequences from the trailers (though the computer-generated stunt where John and “Jack” jump out the window did not engender a lot of confidence in me).

But mostly, I would just really like to watch a quality buddy cop movie at my neighborhood cineplex. It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of those.

Are you guys looking forward to A Good Day to Die Hard? Will you be begging your significant others to go see it with you on Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments.

A Good Day to Die Hard, directed by John Moore, hits theaters February 14th, 2013.

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Source: The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide