The Die Hard franchise is a series of action movies beginning with Die Hard in 1988, based on the 1979 best-selling novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. All films feature John McClane (played by Bruce Willis), a New York City and Los Angeles police detective. The series so far has run for 27 years.
Die Hard (1988)
The first film begins on Christmas Eve when McClane comes to reunite with separated wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles at her company’s Christmas party. Holly left to pursue her career with their two children, and uses her maiden name.
Die Hard 2
The second film takes place a year after the first, again on Christmas Eve. In Washington, D.C., McClane waits for his wife at Washington Dulles International Airport. Mercenaries led by former U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) take over the airport communication systems, stranding planes in the air, including the one with McClane’s wife.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
In the third film, McClane is back in New York City, separated from his wife, suspended from the police force, and a borderline alcoholic. A terrorist known only as “Simon” (Jeremy Irons) threatens to blow up various locations in the city unless McClane will play his twisted version of Simon Says, riddles and challenges.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The fourth film takes place on Independence Day, over a decade after Die Hard with a Vengeance. McClane is divorced, and estranged from his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Cyber-terrorists hack into computers at the FBI, who send McClane to bring in computer hacker Matthew “Matt” Farrell (Justin Long) for questioning. Assassins hired by terrorist mastermind Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) attempt to kill McClane and Farrell.
The fifth film is set around five years later, mostly in Moscow, Russia and Chernobyl (Pripyat), Ukraine. McClane finds out that his estranged son John “Jack” McClane, Junior (Jai Courtney) was arrested in Moscow for murder. When he arrives at the Moscow courthouse for Jack, Russian terrorists bomb the building and Jack escapes with imprisoned ex-billionaire Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch).
Watch any one of these movies, I mean anyone and you will have a good time. These movies have aged well with time. They provide what is advertised. An action movie where the good guy always wins. I enjoy the variety in the casting. I also enjoy the fact that with each movie we are journeying through McClane’s life.