Originally Posted by Wyldstaar
The biggest problem the writers of Die Hard sequels face is all the Die Hard knock-offs that came in the wake of the original Die Hard's success.
Die Hard on a cruise ship = Speed 2
Die Hard on a battleship = Under Siege
Die Hard on a train = Under Siege 2
Die Hard at a sports arena = Sudden Death
Die Hard on a plane = Passenger 57 & Air Force One
Die Hard in a slum apartment tower = The Raid & Dredd
That's just off the top of my head. Pretty much every permutation of Die Hard in a ____ has already been done by another movie.
As for this movie, it's a fun, dopey action flick that bears almost no resemblance whatsoever to Die Hard. There are certain elements that even most Die Hard in a ____ movies don't use, which should always be present in the genuine article. McClane should be in radio/cellphone contact with someone "on the outside" who is giving him moral and tactical support, the way Sgt. Powell did in the original. Several different people filled this role in Die Hard 2. An incompetent authority figure should be there to be manipulated by the Big Bad, as Deputy Chief Robinson and Carmine Lorenzo did for the first two. There needs to be a reporter who's throwing fuel onto the fire, like Thornburg did in the first two (and considering that this movie opened with a news broadcast, they really missed the boat here). After the Big Bad is killed and everyone thinks the trouble is over, the main heavy needs to show up to make one last stab at killing McClane, the way Karl did in the original.
They could do the whitehouse, with corrupt secret service
I don't care where its held just do the basics. when I watch a diehard this is what I expect. Money, bruce willis at one general location, one cheesy spot where he should have died, bruce willis all bloody and bruised, bruce willis dropping f bombs and talking smack while fighting the second main bad guy and the ykymf