I consider the original Die Hard to be the best action film ever made, so it’s an understatement to say each new installment starts off with a massive handicap.
Die Hard 2 is a simple, by-the-numbers retread best left forgotten. Die Hard with a Vengeance manged to achieve some of the greatness of the original (mainly thanks to the return of John McTiernan and Sam Jackson) but peters out after the 50 minute mark.
12 years later, we have July’s Live Free or Die Hard:
And the vastly different International Version
Positive Thoughts: Despite a dozen years away, Willis appears to have settled back into the McClaine character nicely. Both versions of the trailer are significant improvements over the fairly terrible teaser released earlier in the year…and uh, that’s it.
Negative Thoughts: Over-stylized, XXX-style action + bad CGI + Len Weisman + a plot more suited for “24″ or “James Bond” = potential disaster.
I’ve read multiple versions of the script, but absolutely none of them were able to retrofit WW3.COM’s premise to fit the Die Hard mold. Despite best efforts, time ran out and they went with what they had.
I’m still willing to reserve judgment until the film product, but this is looking grim…