It’s always A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) for Bruce Willis
Bruce Wills, the aging action star, reprises his role a John McClane in the fifth installment of the Die Hard series.
The last time we saw him, he was going berserk in Washington trying to save his daughter from a new generation of terrorists. This time he teams up with long forgotten son Jack.
As the plot goes, John finds out that his son is in a Russian prison for murder. He then goes to Moscow to be at the trial and maybe lend some paternal support. However, all hell breaks loose when an armed group tries to capture political prisoner Yuri Komarov.
It’s during the chaos that John figures out that his son is a CIA operative deep under cover.
Like the last installment Live Free or Die Hard, John’s relationship with his son is not on good terms. In fact, his son Jack (played by Jai Courtney) does not want him around. However, John persistently follows him which makes for some great chase scenes in the film. In the end, it becomes a bonding experience for both of them.
In case you were wondering about the person who plays Jack: Courtney is an Australian actor who played Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and as Charlie opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher. He also had appearances in the Aussie TV series All Saints and Packed to the Rafters.
The story line is pretty much the same as any other Die Hard installment with its high octane explosions, carnage and gun totting father and son. It also takes it’s a queue from Live Free or Die Hard as John (Bruce Willis) attempts to repair and rescue his relationships with his children.
From the start, we get the impression that his daughter Lucy (played by the gorgeous Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is on his good side. However, John (Jnr) or Jack has no contact with him. In fact, he gets his cop buddies to dig up information about Jack’s arrest indicating radio silence between father and son.
Willis is a lot older – with less hair – but still packs a punch as an action star.
The installment is written by Skip Woods who has a list of action films including Swordfish, Hitman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and directed by Irish director, John Moore.
Although the story-line seems like a photocopy of the series plots, it is entertaining and we get to experience the paternal side of John McCalne.
The ending of the film brings the whole family together – father, daughter and son – which gives me hope that a new installment might be in the works or talks that could feature the entire family.
Phew! That would be explosive.
The introduction of another tough as nails McClane also has the possibility of retiring Willis’ character yet maintaining the series.
Who knows? Only time will tell.