2013 has not got off to a good start for Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand), Stallone (Bullet to the Head), and Statham (Parker), but Bruce Willis wasn't "Expendable" at the box office with A Good Day to Die Hard reaching number one at the U.S. box office with $28.6 million.
The fifth installment of the 25-year franchise finds wisecracking NYPD cop John McClane heading to Russia to help his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney), who turns out to be an undercover CIA agent -- aka "the 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey", said McClane, Sr.
To make this story short: father and son must team up to fight terrorists and save the world from global nuclear disaster.
This may not be the perfect movie for Valentine's Day, but it is literally the perfect movie for "Die Hard" fans of Willis, whose John McClane is the inspiration for Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, for the powers of 24 should see this as cues in how to bring Jack Bauer on the big screen. Both men are rule-breaking lawmen dedicated to the cause of justice ... at the expense of their families. Still, whereas Bauer became the action hero for the 9/11 generation, McClane remains the action hero during and after the Cold War for the past quarter-century.
John McClane has always been the wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time, but always the guy who does the right thing at the end -- just like Jack Bauer.