What makes "A Good Day to Die Hard" different from the four "Die Hard" films that came before?
Or, better yet, what makes it comfortably similar to the previous four, thereby making it surefire entertainment when it blasts into theaters on, er, Valentine's Day?
A new trailer is out, and here's what we've learned:
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1. John McClane's Daughter Remains Unimpressed: "Dad, try not to make an even bigger mess of things," implores the exasperated Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead back from Live Free or Die Hard) as she drops her father off at the airport to catch a flight to Moscow. Apparently saving her from hijackers in the last film wasn't enough to stop the eye-rolling.
2. Looking for Trouble: Mitt Romney's at least right as far as "Die Hard" movies go when he says Russia remains the United States' biggest geopolitical threat. Has any American in a movie ever not been put in immediate danger upon arrival in Moscow? A mere glimpse of those signature cupolas indicates that the foreign intrigue is about to go into overdrive.
3. Sure Enough...: Boom goes the motorcade!
4. Riding Motorcycles Is Sexy Business: Ever wonder what female bikers are wearing under their zip-up leather bodysuits? Usually more than underwear, but not in this case. Irina (Yuliya Snigir) has no use for layers!
5. Kicking Ass Is a Family Affair: What's better than one John McClane? Two of him, of course. Before stumbling upon a much bigger threat to world peace, Willis' veteran NYPD cop is in Moscow to get John McClane Jr. (Jai Courtney) out of a jam after he got in with the wrong crowd. Like dad, Junior is adept with both automatic weapons and hurling himself through skyscraper windows.
In a previous teaser, McClane calls himself the "007 of Plainfield, N.J." But what if James Bond is actually the John McClane of England?