Dying to watch

“Need a hug?”

“We’re not a hugging family.”

And I screamed with laughter at the trailer. Oh right, you have no idea yet what I’m talking about. Well get ready because another Die Hard is coming. In February 2013, Bruce Willis returns as Jack McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard.

Takes me way back to my first favourite action movies – yep you guessed right, Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard – don’t you just love it?

I must say this is one franchise, I never get tired of.

The movie synopsis goes a bit like this: “Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after travelling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack – unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.”

Kind of a corny write-up, but the action as revealed exclusively on Apple trailers is worth the watch. It’s like Die Hard never left – lots of bombs going off, the Jacks engaging in hair-brained, hair raising stunts, lots of gun action, sharp wit delivered with a hint of belligerence, everything you always want in a Jack McClane movie.

Alongside Willis is Jai Courtney, who plays his son by the same name and from the early trailer, the two seem to work well together, but I’ll make my full judgement after I’ve seen the finished product. It’s just that four months is such a long time to wait.

I suppose the good thing about it is that you have four months to reacquaint yourself with the last four instalments in the franchise. I honestly never thought I’d see another Die Hard, but I don’t know why I’m surprised, after all they keep resurrecting Resident Evil, Mission Impossible (sorry, so not a Tom Cruise fan), Spiderman, so why the heck not. I’m sure the box office will reward them for their efforts.

Before I go, let me jog your memory a bit on what you’ve probably already seen and/or forgotten.

The first Die Hard had McClane and his then wife Holly trapped in Nakatomi Plaza by East German terrorist and ends with the hero throwing Hans Gruber off the building to his death.

So then gave rise to part two, again a Christmas eve timeline, when Holly is a passenger on one of the planes left stranded in the air when terrorists again take over – this time the airport. Again, with Holly in danger, Jack does whatever is necessary to end the standoff.

Which brings us to Die Hard With A Vengeance, when we saw the return of Gruber’s brother, Simon, excellently played by Jeremy Irons and his team of terrorist. Their aim to steal a mint worth of gold and in the process get vengeance on Jack for Hans’ death. Since nothing ever goes according to plan when Jack gets involved, we see the death of yet another brother and the saving of the day by the indomitable Jack McClane.

The final one is one I have seen over and over again, because come on, let’s face it – it brought Jack into the technological age in a way only Jack could enter, protesting and with a devil-may-care attitude. It was fun to see old school meets new age in this one, where Justin Long featured as the high tech dude and the delectable Timothy Olyphant, Mr. Justified himself, played the villain. Olyphant as hero or villain is always worth a watch, even better when he is a little of both.

Anyhow, I’m gonna run now, since I’ve got you all caught up and now salivating for the newest instalment. I’ll let you know when it gets here, cause I’m sure not gonna miss it.


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