Since 1988, tough New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has killed more terrorists than our drone fleet—including bystanders.
In director John Moore’s film, McClane hoofs it over to Moscow, believing his son (Jai Courtney) is in serious trouble. But before you can say “plot twist” we learn the kid is a CIA agent up to his trench coat in battling Russian terrorists.
Pretty soon, father and son are greasing bad guys and filling the air of Muscovy with hot lead and sassy talk.
Penned by Skip Wood based on characters created by Roderick Thorp, this special effects extravaganza has a crew larger than the Chinese Army.
Here’s an interview with a valuable member of the “Die Hard” team.
Alan Depot worked as an uncredited producer and was very candid about behind-the-scenes action.
A: I’m not sure. Can we talk about the incident with the Russian mob?
Q: Okay. Was there an incident on the set involving gangsters?
A: Yeah. So this Russian guy walks up and says I’d better let him take a bag of bagels from the craft services table or he’d kick my ass. So I looked the other way. I’m not getting hurt over bread products.
Q: How did you know he was Russian mob?
A: He wore a big fur hat. That’s the tip off.
Q: I’m still not following. The movie is set in Moscow but was filmed in Los Angeles and the United Kingdom, right?
A: Okay, I took the bagels. Are you going to make a big deal out of it? Rat me out to the production company? They didn’t miss ‘em.
Q: I just wasn’t sure why brutal criminals would shake down a producer over snacks?
A: I wasn’t always above the line. I started out helping the guy who set up the craft services table. Then I worked my way up to producer.
Q: That’s quite a climb over the course of a single production.
A: Pretty crazy, huh? But this is a crazy little business. Could you lend me some money and give me a ride home?
Q: No. I would feel weak and silly since this is a made-up conversation.
No one is singled out this week for censure or praise. There is no “I” in team.
Four out of five stars for employing more people than a Thai restaurant.