[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years. Click here for my look back at the first Die Hard.]
There wasn’t a shred of doubt that after Die Hard became one of the biggest hits of 1988, a sequel wouldn’t be far behind. Two years later, Die Hard 2 (with the tagline “Die Harder”, although this is sometimes erroneously believed to be part of the title) opened and became one of the biggest hits of 1990. But the rush came with a lack of ingenuity, and Die Hard 2 is mostly a retread. Rather than focusing on John McClane (Bruce Willis) as the outsider, Die Hard 2 is about how he can’t catch a break. It has to be due to the chronological proximity to the first movie. However, while the sequel lacks originality, its biggest problem is misunderstanding the motives of McClane, and ignoring the conflict between his drive to do the right thing, and once again saving his wife.
20th Century Fox has released a new clip from director John Moore’s sequel A Good Day to Die Hard, and it demonstrates exactly why it’s probably not a good idea to think you can best a helicopter full of guns. Bruce Willis’s John McClane and Jai Courtney’s Jack McClane square off against said helicopter in this clip, giving fans a tease of the kind of action they can expect from the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise. I’ll say this: the CG effects don’t look terrible.
Hit the jump to watch the new clip, and if you missed it click here to read the first entry in Matt’s ongoing Die Hard retrospective series. The film also stars Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A Good Day to Die Hard opens Thursday, February 14th.
[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.]
When I hear the words “best action movie”, I immediately think of Die Hard. No other film even comes close. It is pure action removed from sci-fi or any other genre. Even though there were plenty of blockbuster action movies in the 1980s, Die Hard is unique in how it constantly puts its hero at a massive disadvantage. To the extent that a blockbuster will allow, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is the everyman. Schwarzenegger and Stallone were the physically imposing heroes, but Willis brought a scrappy quality to McClane even though the character’s actions verged on superhuman. Although he’s very hard to kill, McClane is both the reluctant hero and the ideal 1980s American hero. From its unforgettable protagonist, Die Hard took on an identity that made it distinct and enduring.
It’s been 25 years since Die Hard exploded into theaters, launching a new cinematic hero and changing the paradigm of action movies. In A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane. Set against the backdrop of deadly corruption and political vendetta in Russia, McClane teams up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys. The film, which opens in theaters on February 14th, also features Sebastian Koch and Yulia Snigir.
At the recent press day, Willis, Courtney and director John Moore talked about why it was time for another Die Hard movie, what makes the McClane character so appealing to audiences, the origin of the signature line, taking the franchise to another country for the first time, and using Mi-24 assault helicopters in the action sequences. Willis also discussed what it’s meant to him personally to play one of the greatest action characters in film history, why being a father is his favorite job, and how his real life experience has enabled him to play a great on screen dad. Hit the jump to read more.
This Valentine’s Day, 20th Century Fox is releasing the latest entry in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, and today the studio has unveiled a new featurette for the film. Rather than focusing on the upcoming film, this featurette actually provides a nice look back at the series as a whole. It plays like a supercut of 25 years of Die Hard, and also acts as a reminder that the Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection is now available to purchase. If you haven’t signed up for our contenst to win a copy of the Blu-ray set, I highly suggest you do so right here.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette “A Walk Down Memory McClane.” A Good Day to Die Hard opens on February 14th.
The fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, hits theaters later this month, and to mark the occasion we here at Collider have been provided with a couple copies of the fantastic Die Hard Blu-ray set to give away to some lucky readers. Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection includes all four previous Die Hard films on Blu-ray as well as a bonus disc that’s packed with bonus features. The extras cover every aspect of the series, from the villains to the sidekicks to the development of the franchise over time. If you’re a Die Hard fan, then this set is a must-own. Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to take a look at the specs for the Blu-ray collection.
A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the Die Hard series, hits theaters on February 14. The well-timed 2013 release also marks the 25th anniversary of the original Die Hard, released in 1988. To mark the occasion, Fox unveiled a giant mural of Bruce Willis crawling through the vent on the studio lot, and we have a grab bag of Die Hard bits:
- A timelapse video of the mural installation.
- A neat Die Hard: With a Vengeance infographic.
- The interactive Good Day to Die Hard “Ode to Destruction” site.
All this after the jump.
We’ve got a couple of quick news stories for you this afternoon. First up, Bruce Campbell has tweeted that Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Evil Dead has taken up The Heat‘s vacated April 5th date, which means it will be going up against Jurassic Park 3D at the box office. So who would win a fight: deadites or dinosaurs? [Answer: Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs always win unless they're faced with their natural enemy, Meteors.] Evil Dead, which originally had an NC-17 rating, will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.
In other news, The Playlist reports that A Good Day to Die Hard will be by far the shortest Die Hard yet with a runtime of 97 minutes. For comparison, Die Hard is 131 minutes, Die Hard 2 is 124 minutes, Die Hard with a Vengeance is 131 minutes, and Live Free or Die Hard is 128 minutes. So Die Hard 1 and 3 are the best in the series and they both run 131 minutes. Coincidence? Yes.
This week on Blu-ray, the caped crusader’s animated iteration comes to a close, Sam Rockwell and Co. get their crazy on, and a classic action series that has been copied to no end gets a 25th anniversary collection. Briefly:
Hit the jump for the special features details.
20th Century Fox has released a new clip from A Good Day to Die Hard. The fifth Die Hard film has John McClane (Bruce Willis) teaming up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) in Moscow to right Russian baddies. I’m still not sure what the plot is, but this clip shows that it’s still the same old John McClane when it comes to laughing in the face of danger before blowing danger’s head off. The end of the clip is a bit of a missed opportunity since McClane tells his son they’re not going to die, and Jack should have responded, “But Dad! It’s a good day,” [looks directly into the camera] “TO DIE HARD.” [explosion]
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th.
We have some new TV spots today from the following pictures:
- A Good Day to Die Hard - The fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise teams John McClane (Bruce Willis) with his son, Jack (Jai Courtney) against the entire country of Russia. John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th.
- Oz the Great and Powerful – Sam Raimi’s take on the L. Frank Baum classic stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Oz the Great and Powerful opens March 8th.
- Jack the Giant Slayer – The first TV spot for Bryan Singer’s fantasy adventure features great looks at the giants in action as they chase down the titular hero, played by Nicholas Hoult. Jack the Giant Slayer opens March 1st.
Hit the jump to watch all of the TV spots, plus a new banner from Jack the Giant Slayer.
We’ve grown pretty familiar with John McClane (Bruce Willis) over the course of the twenty-five-year Die Hard franchise, but the next installment will introduce some new faces. In A Good Day to Die Hard, Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) will get in on the action as McClane’s son, Jack, and Yuliya Snigir (Inhabited Island) will play Irina, the…uh…attractive Russian woman, a role which she plays quite well. Directed by John Moore (Max Payne), the fifth installment in the Die Hard series also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing) as McClane’s daughter, Lucy. We’ve got 16 new images from the movie to share with you after the jump.
Some new images have cropped up today for John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard and James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now. The fifth installment in the Die Hard series features John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son Jack (Jai Courtney), who are seen amidst a lot of destruction in this new image. We also have an infographic from the original 1988 film, which is the first in a series that will be released for each film leading up to the February 14th release of A Good Day to Die Hard.
We’ve also got some new images that feature Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Miles Teller (Project X) being all young and cute in The Spectacular Now. Also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the picture debuts at Sundance this Friday. Hit the jump to see the new images.
Fans looking forward to the release of the upcoming fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, now have the opportunity to experience the absolute maximum amount of Die Hard before watching the new film. 20th Century Fox announced today that a five-film Die Hard marathon will be playing in theaters on February 13th. Fans will watch Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard back-to-back, leading up to a screening of director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard a few hours before it opens wide. That’s a lot of Die Hard.
Hit the jump to check out a poster for the event. Further details will be announced soon. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters on February 14th.
Just yesterday we brought you the good news that A Good Day to Die Hard would be rated R. Today, a new TV spot for the John Moore film, the fifth in the Die Hard series, confirms that rating. The commercial doesn’t show much in the way of new footage, especially if you’ve already seen the previously released TV spots, but there is, of course, a new one-liner.
Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.