Ever since the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise was announced — with uninspiring director John Moore (Max Payne, Behind Enemy Lines) on board — I have been dreading it. Len Wiseman’s Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free or Die Hard) was a rather dreadful and preposterous addition to the series which had previously been rooted in more reality-based action, and another outing for John McClane following that film just seemed unnecessary. However, Bruce Willis has been earning some of the best reviews of his career recently for both Looper and Moonrise Kingdom, so I suppose now is as good a time as any for him to return to his most beloved role. The first teaser trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard surfaced this week, and I must say it’s unexpectedly impressive, delivering big action (soundtracked by ‘Ode to Joy’) and a much more playful tone than the overly-dour previous film. We get our first look at Jai Courtney (Spartacus) as McClane’s son Jack, who gets in over his head in Moscow and teams up with his father to take on some indeterminate bad guys. Mary Elizabeth Winstead returns as McClane’s daughter, and the supporting cast also includes Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Anne Vyalitsyna and Julia Snigir. This teaser is of course light on plot and holds off on revealing any villain(s), so I’m not completely sold yet, but I’m certainly feeling more optimistic about the film now which is a pleasant surprise.
A Good Day to Die Hard lands February 14, 2013. Watch the teaser trailer below (via The Playlist).