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).
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.
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A Good Day to Die Hard opens in U.S. theaters on February 14th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo Movies!
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