John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces. Director: John Moore Writers: Roderick Thorp, Skip Woods Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Since the first "Die Hard" in 1988, John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over. Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy. New York City co p John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane thinks his son is a criminal, so it comes as a shock when he learns that Jack is actually working undercover to protect Komarov (Sebastian Koch), a Russian government whistleblower. With their own lives on the line, McClane and Jack must overcome their differences in order to get Komarov to safety and thwart a potentially disastrous crime in the Chernobyl A Good Day to Die Hard hasn’t opened yet, and the people who have seen it are heavily embargoed, but there’s already talk of a sixth film in the franchise. Appearing on the One Show on BBC, Bruce Willis was asked if a sixth film would come to pass. According to Bleeding Cool, he simply smiled and said “yes.” We’ve got nothing more than that, but I would trust Willis, as one of the powers behind the series, to speak with more authority than your average actor about the possibility of a sequel. That could always change if the new film opens poorly. But Fox has aggressively marketed the movie, and done a good job of creating anticipation. As to whether the film holds up, well… I haven’t seen it. We’ll see. The only questions might be who will directs, and what clever naming device will fit “die hard” into the title. Does anyone care about John McClane anymore? That's not the same as asking if you want to see A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth in this series of films with increasingly outlandish action—and increasingly cumbersome titles. The most recent entry—the slick, ridiculous hit, Live Free or Die Hard—was as good as any installment since the 1988 original.
But that doesn't mean it's worked its way into people's lives like John McTiernan's original. Again, does anyone still care about Bruce Willis's John McClane, the New York cop first seen saving his wife from terrorists in that L.A. skyscraper? That might seem a silly question, since action movies don't usually demand audiences care about their protagonists so much as see them through to the end. But they don't have to be that way, and no film proved that better than the original Die Hard—even if every sequel has proven it a little less.