A franchise living up to its name
Lt. John McClain and the irrepressible Die Hard brand, though justifiably honoured as esteemed veterans of the action movie genre, have clearly seen better days. The formidable franchise continues to live up to its name, refusing to bow out gracefully or diminish with its dignity intact.
Every time I think I’ve seen the back of it they go and churn out another one. The Fifth in the series affectionately title A Good Day to Die Hard, at this stage undoubtedly as welcome as a rowdy band of German terrorists at a Christmas party, sees no-nonsense bad guy buster Lt. John McClain join forces with his CIA operative son to take on the Russian underworld and prevent a nuclear arms heist. All in a day’s work.
Old heroes die hard
When I start pushing retirement age like Bruce (Willis turns 58 this March), I’ll probably take up golf or convert the shed into a cinema, something normal like that.
Not our Bruce. While most dads his age have relatively modest goals like maybe extending the garage or knocking the living room into the kitchen, you’re more likely to see Bruce knocking a tank into a supermarket or converting a skyscraper into a burning heap of rubble (a la the original Die Hard movie).
It seems Old heroes die hard but the loyal fans of old heroes die harder. How Bruce Willis has managed to avoid pneumonia over the course of 4 Die Hard movies, wearing little more than a vest top and a cheeky grin I’ll never know. But it makes little odds to me.
Does exactly what it says on the tin
Each and every movie in the franchise, with the exception of the first and third in the series, have had more plot holes, dodgy accents and unlikely narrative devices than you can shake a German terrorist at.
It seems Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard will be no different. But I’ll still go see it. The fact that almighty Bruce is still busting skulls and taking names at his age is nothing short of miraculous and well worth a watch.
The geniuses at Dune Entertainment have scheduled its UK release date to coincide with St. Valentine’s Day. This means there will finally be a bloke-friendly alternative to The Notebook or The Time Traveller’s Wife or whichever soppy Rachel McAdams chick-flick is doing the rounds this year.
Nothing says I love you like a Die Hard movie
What could be more romantic than Bruce Willis and his blue-collar anti-hero coming out of retirement to blow stuff up? Nothing says I love you like a greasy box of popcorn and a Die Hard movie.