Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Good Day to Die Hard

Die Hard is one of the greatest movies of its kind - arguably the greatest "pure" Hollywood action film ever made. The fact that it was also phenomenally successful ensured that there would, of course be a sequel. . . or three. And while none of them are as good as the first, they're all entertaining enough, and even seemed to be improving as the franchise went on. Yes, I'm one of those people who thinks Live Free or Die Hard is not only worthy, but freakin' awesome and even better than Die Hard With a Vengeance. Especially in its unrated version.

Only now they've gone and made another sequel and set it in Russia. No, really. It's even embedded after the jump:

So. . . yeah, the "Ridiculous" quotient in the teaser is pretty high, even for a series who's previous installment featured John McClane jumping onto an F-35. But still, it seems a little MUCH even in just that one-minute chunk. Granted, Willis is still in great form (dude is aging like a . . . what's the opposite of aging like a rock star?), and I really like the "Ode to Joy" from the original being name-checked here. On the other hand, the "Main character and his estranged son" bit has been done before, and doesn't always work well. And the switch from prime summer release date to Valentine's Day (again, no really) isn't the most hopeful sign for the franchise.

Also, why Russia? Die Hard is a fish-out-of-water concept to be sure, but. . . Russia? That seems a little 1980's even for this franchise. What are the odds that stolen soviet warheads, corrupt military officials, theatrical Russian gangsters, and obnoxiously loud night clubs will all make an appearance?

Because that was all awesome. . . back in 1995's Goldeneye. But who knows, this series has pleasantly surprised me before.

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