Live Free or Die Hard

This article was written by guest author Anthony Coe.

You would think that after four of anything, it would get old and stale. The fourth movie in the Die Hard series Live Free or Die Hard delivers from the first minute and doesn’t rely on old tag lines. Okay so there is one “Yippee-Kah-Yay”. But by the time he gets around to saying it, it’s more for old time sake.

No surprise the movie follows the same plot line as the previous releases. Terrorist are set on taking over the world and John McClane (Bruce Willis) is in the wrong place at the wrong time, just so he can save us all from a certain doom. Yes, his marriage is over and yes his daughter, Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), hates him. The plot is set in the present Post-911 era.

The movie is based on an article which appeared in the May 1997 Issue 5.05 of Weird Magazine A Farewell to Arms, written by John Carlin. This Pre-911 article states that the real threat from terrorist isn’t from a nuclear bomb, but is in the form of cyber-terrorism. If a terrorist organization can break into our infra structure they can bring us to a stand still in a matter of days.

John McClane must team up with a super hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long), who unknowingly wrote part of the code for the terrorist. Together they must track down the terrorist and stop them from turning the nation’s computers against us.

Unlike many sequels this film doesn’t require you to know the details of the characters life in the previous films. You don’t have to know who John McClane is or even what the article A Farewell to Arms is about. This script stands on its own. At times the action scenes are a bit over the top and really stretch your ability to not laugh out loud. At one point I thought I was watching Spiderman.

Overall I feel this is definitely a movie worth seeing. It was funny at parts and it kept you engaged. What the movie didn’t do was talk down to the audience. This may not be an instant mega block buster, but it will stand the test of time and do well in DVD sells.

Grade: B+

The Upside: The film isn’t preachy. It’s nonstop from beginning to the end. You will not be board.

The Downside: Some of the stunts are a bit over the top. Some of the scenarios don’t add up to reality. But then again it is just a movie.

On the side: Justin Timberlake was in talks to play the role of John McClane’s son. Lets all thank the film gods for small favors.

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