Remember when John McClane was the antithesis of the ridiculous ‘80s action gods? Instead of steroid-bloated, machine-like and seemingly invulnerable killer, McClane was the little guy—a fairly normal fast-talking dude who just got stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time and had to think his way out. But over the course of several unnecessary Die Hard sequels, McClane has morphed into the quite, machine-gun wielding and monosyllabic action cliché that he was originally a reaction against. And the new picture from the newest entry in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard, doesn’t seem to be changing that.
In the just-released pic, McClane is standing with his son, Jack, as the two men hold machine guns and stare at things… real hard. The film’s plot is pretty murky at this point, but it apparently deals with McClane and his son teaming up in Russia to fight some Russian baddies… because, as Die Hard truly is regressing into the 1980s, apparently the Russians are our enemy once again.
It’s kind of a sad sight, as McClane (and the original Die Hard) once stood for what a decent, intelligent action film could be like. Now it’s become a buddy cop series (“These are two guys who have been estranged for some time. John likes to wing it, see what happens. Jack’s more of a strategist”) so that Bruce Willis can buy back and destroy all those copies of Hudson Hawk and The Return of Bruno.
A Good Die to Die Hard is set for a February 14, 2013 release.