It's a pattern of escalation. We've gone from "John McClane saves an office building" to "saves an airport" to "saves the city" to "saves the country." We need Die Hard 5
to be "saves the world" in order to be the missing link between Live Free or Die Hard
and Bruce Willis' "saves the universe" film, The Fifth Element.
McTiernan has a couple movies in development right now but he hasn't directed a movie since Basic
in 2003. That is a fucking crime!
I like Die Hard 2
& Live Free or Die Hard. Die Hard 2
is the only sequel that comes close to capturing the claustrophobic tension of the original.
Live Free or Die Hard
was probably the best they could do under the circumstances. The action movie landscape is just so different from how it was back in the 1980s & 1990s. Forcing Live Free or Die Hard
into being a PG-13 sapped the film of the grungy blood & foulmouthed charm that were the series' trademarks. It also focused too much on CGI enhancements for the stunts, much like another recent 1980s revival, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Still, it's better than most action movies.
BTW, best song ever!