For fans of any franchise, it’s always painful to see the series overstay its welcome. Few know this pain more than any fans of the “Die Hard” saga. As much fun as it once was to watch Bruce Willis fuck shit up, 2007’s “Live Free or Die Hard” was but a shade of the pulpy thriller’s past glory.

A Good Day to Die Hard

20th Century Fox

Confusingly set to the German, Beethoven-composed “Ode to Joy,” “A Good Day to Die Hard” takes place in Russia. The story is simple, as “Die Hard” details tend to be: John McClane (Willis) travels to Moscow to help his son Jack (Jai Courtney), and coincidentally gets tied up in a terrorist plot.

The most important thing about this trailer is that things explode, and they explode in a glorious fashion. Willis took a breather from the action scene to play the humorously pathetic island sheriff in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” this year, but he’s back with a gun in hand and all is right.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” looks like it could be a thrilling summer blockbuster, despite its February release date.

Whether it will be enough to prove this series deserves to keep on breathing is a whole other question.

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