- Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney , Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yuliya Snigir, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cole Hauser, Anne Vyalitsyna, Nikolett Barabas, Amaury Nolasco, Sebastian Koch, Michael Dopud, Melissa Tang, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Attila Árpa, Catherine Kresge, Radivoje Bukvic, Scott Michael Campbell, Iván Kamarás, Zolee Ganxsta, Rico Simonini, Misha Bugaev, Norbert Növényi
- Director: John Moore
- Writers: Skip Woods, Roderick Thorp
- Producer: Alex Young
- Co Producer: Stephen J. Eads
- Executive Producers: Tom Karnowski, Jason Keller, Bruce Willis
- Art Direction: Tom Brown
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Bojana Nikitovic
- D.O.P.: Jonathan Sela
- Editor: Dan Zimmerman
- Makeup: Gerald Quist
- Music: Marco Beltrami
- Production Design: Daniel T. Dorrance
- Set Decorations: Jille Azis, Zoltán Horváth
Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary
- MPAA Warning: Violence and language
- Production Budget: $100 million
- Production Companies: Dune Entertainment, Origo Film Group, 20th Century Fox
- Production Schedule: 23 April 2012 - August 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "After twelve years of dormancy, 2007's "Live Free or Die Hard" revived the franchise. The lack of director John McTiernan, lack of Bruce Willis' hair, the toning down of the violence to PG-13 levels, and some CG assisted athleticism gave the film a different feel to those that had come before. Still, the critics liked it, and the worldwide box-office was solid with a $383.5 million haul. Good enough that Fox soon began work on a fifth entry in the series.
With the fourth film introducing us to a now adult Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), it seemed logical that the fifth one would incorporate John's son Jack as a young adult. At the same time, there was talk that the action would be set outside the United States for the first time, allowing the fish-out-of-water comedy of seeing John McClane living up to the stereotype of the worst kind of tourist - loud, bombastic, arrogant and ignorant of the culture around him.
Lo and behold, the speculation was right with the plot revealed to involve John McClane heading to Moscow to find his wayward son. Turns out Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist by a Russian crime boss. Young Aussie actor Jai Courtney, seen in small roles in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" and more recently "Jack Reacher," beat out more well-known names to play the younger McClane.
He's a solid choice, with more concern likely to be focused on the film's writer Skip Woods ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Swordfish") and director John Moore ("Max Payne," "Behind Enemy Lines"). While judgement is still out on the quality, the first trailers certainly impressed with the scale. From scenes of massive destruction including multiple car bomb explosions, to a helicopter gun ship soaring over a cityscape - it all looks quite flash.
Though there's an over reliance on CG, there's also a welcome return of the irreverence of the series that was sorely missed in the last film. In fact, the shot of a villain (Cole Hauser) using a carrot like an orchestra conductor's wand has become something of an internet sensation - go figure. Is this the end? Willis said he'd be open to do a sixth film, but that would be the final outing of John McClane. In the meantime, let's hope 'Good Day' proves as much fun as the other odd-numbered entries in this series."