R | | Action, Thriller
John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
Shot with Super 35, and with the series' traditional 2.39:1 scope aspect ratio, initially, in mind, director John Moore re-framed the film to 1.85:1 (using the Super 35 format) after deciding the opening car chase sequence looked better that way. He also believed the 1.85:1 ratio would better accommodate the hand-held camera work in various scenes.
Me and my boy here, we're gonna put a whuppin' on ya!
The "Reaper" drone mentioned in the first action sequence refers to the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. It is a propeller-powered drone, unlike the one shown in the film. The drone in the film looks more like the jet-powered Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton.
After the UK censors informed Fox that the R-rated cut of the film would be carry a 15 rating, the distributors cut out almost all strong language, some scenes of fisticuffs and bloodier violence in order to release the film with a 12A rating for theatrical exhibition only. The cuts were waived when released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK in 2013 with a '15' rating thus presenting the US R-rated Theatrical Version uncut for home video release. The UK 12A Theatrical cut is not released on home video formats.
English, Russian, Hindi, Punjabi
$24,834,845 17 February 2013