Perhaps it’s the optimist in us, but the last trailer we saw for the return of John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard looked really quite promising.
Clearly, Die Hard 5 is about as far removed from the one man against some people in a building setup of the first film. This time, it’s John McClane and son, saving the entire world while sojourning Moscow.
There are lots of reasons to be wary, not least the decision to appoint John Moore to direct. Moore has his moments, but his finest film perhaps remains Behind Enemy Lines, and that in itself wasn’t too much to get excited about. His Max Payne movie still makes us shudder.
But then, Die Hard 4.0 turned out fine (thought it’s best not to consider it a Die Hard movie), and the appointment of Len Wiseman to direct that was widely questioned. Turns out, he did a decent job, and John Moore may yet surprise a few people.
Finally, there’s Bruce Willis, in his most iconic screen role. A Good Day To Die Hard firmly rests on his shoulders, and if he can deliver, then Valentine’s Day 2013 – for that’s when it’s out – might turn out to be really rather fun.