It is Been more than a quarter of a century, but not much has changed for John McLane, the never-say-die cop who perpetually finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bruce Willis returns to reprise one of his most popular characters in A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise. Directed by John Moore and written by Roderick Thorp and Skip Woods, A Good Day to Die Hard stars Jai Courtney, Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch, Yuliya Snigir and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Things have changed since 1988, when McLane – in Die Hard – faced off with terrorists and rescued his estranged wife and two children from the under-siege Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. Since then, the wayward cop has done a lot. He foiled a plot to free a captured Latin American dictator (Die Harder, 1990), kept NYC safe from a vengeful terror mastermind (Die Hard with a Vengeance, 1995), and tackled terrorists launching a crippling cyber-warfare attack on the United States (Live Free or Die Hard, 2007). McLane may be the cops’ Man Friday, but not much is working for him on the personal front: he’s divorced from his wife and estranged from his kids.
In A Good Day to Die Hard, events catapult McClane on to the international stage. It all starts when his estranged son, Jack (Courtney), gets into trouble in Russia. The father in the super cop refuses to take things lying down, and he heads for Moscow to bail out his seemingly errant son. Turns out that Jack is a CIA operative, as kickass as his father, on a mission to prevent a nuclear weapons heist. With him in prison, the terrorist group is readying to use the circumstances behind the arrest to further their agenda. The father and son must, despite all their differences, come together to stop the terrorist time bomb from going off and keep the world safe.
A Good Day to Die Hard is the first film in the franchise to use Dolby Atmos Surround Mixing and be released in the IMAX format. The pre-Valentine date movie — from 20th Century Fox will be distributed by Warner Bros. A large number of actors, including Liam Hemsworth and James Badge Dale, were considered during casting the role of Jack McLane before the studio finalised Australian actor Jai Courtney. The film was initially titled Die Hard 24/7, leading to speculation that it would be a tieup between the Die Hard and 24 franchises, with Kiefer Sutherland playing Jack Bauer alongside Willis’ John McClane. Turns out they were just rumours!
Willis is extremely pleased with the franchise that has been spread out over all these years. “Having done five films over the course of 27 years, what you see is my life moving forward and where I am at the age of 30, 31, 40, 57...,” he has said. So is Die Hard 5 the finale in the franchise? The 57-year-old actor has indicated his willingness to star in one more film before he retires McLane. Seems like we’ll have another tryst with the foul-mouthed, wisecracking cop with an itchy trigger finger!