Olympus Has Fallen, director Antoine Fuqua‘s violent depiction of a direct terrorist attack on the White House, delivered exactly what I expected from it; nothing more, nothing less. (For the record, you can read what I had to say before seeing it in our Flickchart Preview.) It is Die Hard in the White House – so much so that it barely deviates from formula in even the slightest way. It’s a paint-by-numbers affair, but the painting is done professionally, so Olympus gets by with slightly more than a passing grade.
Such was the success of Die Hard in 1988 that action movies have never quite been the same since. There is a particular kind of film that now even gets pitched as some kind of variant: Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard on a battleship, Die Hard on a train, Die Hard on a plane… you get the idea.
This year marks the 25th Annivesary of Bruce Willis‘s “Yippee-ki-yay” career as wisecracking police detective John McClane in the Die Hard series of films. The original Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, was released in 1988, and the franchise shows no sign of slowing down, with the fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, opening wide on February 14.
20th Century Fox owes a lot to Die Hard, as the action franchise has earned the studio more than $1.1 billion in revenue. To commemorate the anniversary, the studio is commissioning a giant mural to be painted outside its famous Stage 8 on the Fox lot. Though the mural will remain a secret until its unveiling at a press event for A Good Day to Die Hard on January 31, it apparently will feature (at least in part) the famous scene of Willis crawling through air ducts, muttering, “Come on out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs!”
Willis will be present at the event, along with his new co-star, Jai Courtney and A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore. The festivities will include a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which served as the location of the fictional Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
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A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth film in the venerable action franchise that has seen Bruce Willis portray beleaguered Detective John McClane across four decades of film history, will reportedly be rated R.
This should satisfy fans who felt frustrated at the more teen-friendly PG-13 rating of Live Free or Die Hard, the film’s fourth franchise. Movies can get away with a lot more violence in a PG-13 film than they used to, but profanity – as much a staple of Die Hard as guns and McClane’s horrendous bad luck – is still taboo. A Good Day to Die Hard‘s R rating will mean that Willis should be able to utter McClane’s famous “Yippee-kay-yay” catchphrase in its entirety, and curse like a sailor at all the bad guys giving him another bad day.
The new film sees McClane pursue his seemingly wayward son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to Russia. But when it turns out his son is an undercover CIA operative working to foil a nuclear arms deal, father and son must team up to stop the bad guys. This fifth installment is directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines).
In perfect counter-programming, A Good Day to Die Hard is set to be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Usually, this spot is reserved for our weekly rundown of the new movies available to stream on Netflix Instant but August is a dead month and there is only one notable movie new to streaming this week. That movie happens to be pretty big and awesome though. So in honor of The Expendables coming to Netflix Instant, let’s run down the best action movies streaming on Netflix:
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone