Seen Live Free or Die Hard? What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 27, 2007
After 12 years the most badass cop, John McClane, is back and ready to kick even more ass in Live Free or Die Hard. With another new director and a lower PG-13 rating than any of the previous three movies, will it hold up to the excellence they've served up so far? Will Bruce Willis show us yet again that you don't mess with John McClane? Will this be the best action movie this year or another forgettable sequel?
Just drop by, leave a comment, and create some discussion! To fuel the fire, I quite liked it and enjoyed all the action and intensity, but was overwhelmed by how over-the-top the computer scenes were. I can accept that action just happens (like everything with the fighter jet and the truck), but the computer stuff was just insane. So after wading through that, I certainly still enjoyed it and would definitely put it high up on the list of best action movies this year, but not at the very top.
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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
I gave it 4 out 5 over at ScreenRant.com and would have gone 4 1/2 if they had cut loose like you could tell it wanted to and rated it R. Oh, and Kevin Smith should NOT have been in that movie. Vic
Screen Rant on Jun 27, 2007
I enjoyed it. Yes the tech stuff was a bit much at points. You don't hack pcs with your phone. Would have liked for mcclane to be able to cut loose a bit more.
Heckle on Jun 27, 2007
BRING MCCLANE BACK TO NEW YORK HE ALWAYS GETS INVOLVED IN CRAP IN OTHER STATES.THE MOVIE WAS GREAT BUT LIKE YOU SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE LET MCCLANE BE ALITTLE MORE WILD AS IN THE OTHER MOVIES. I LOOK FORWARD TO PART 5 YIPPI KI YA
SPECTRA on Jun 28, 2007
I screened the movie last night and enjoyed it. It is definitely not my favorite Die Hard though. The series has few common threads among them, but I thought that there could have been references to previous mis-adventures or characters. Below are my 3 issues with the film: There was little or no McClane vs. The System. The friction in previous films between him and the "Good Guys" really pushed the plot. There was a little in the beginning, but it quickly disappeared. There was also a great opportunity for a classic McClane moment when the pilot ejects from the plane and you see him land after attacking him. Wouldn't it have been great for McClane to walk by and give a glib comment or even sock him one? The most disappointing of all though was the soundtrack for me. After the great use of the 1812 overture in the 3rd Die Hard, I expected a more epic track. I now cannot even bring to mind any memorable music from the film.
Ben Reubenstein on Jun 28, 2007
"There was also a great opportunity for a classic McClane moment when the pilot ejects from the plane and you see him land after attacking him. Wouldn't it have been great for McClane to walk by and give a glib comment or even sock him one?" I was actually waiting for that to happen... and then, nothing. I found that very strange. :-\ Vic
Screen Rant on Jun 28, 2007
Whoops, it was not the 1812 Overture, but Symphony No. 9 (4th Movement).
Ben Reubenstein on Jun 28, 2007
I think it was a fun action film, some really exciting action sequences to please the explosion buffs out there. The tunnel scene and the first shootout were the best, though the fighter jet moment was too over the top. I loved Bruce Willis kicking butt the way he used to. Didn't realize how much I missed him as John McClane. The issue I had was there was little that made this movie uniquely Die Hard rather than another action spectacle. Seriously, if you wanted to call this Techno Terrorism and have it star Denzel Washington, I think little of the script would need to be changed. Bruce Willis and his incredible energy is what eases me on that issue. Maybe it's just me, but I thought it would have been fun if they made the lead hacker villain simply the character Theo from the first Die Hard. He didn't die in that one, if you remember. I wanted to kick that teenage guy's butt in the beginning when he was macking it with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Don't know if I'm developing a crush or trying to protect Josh's celebrity crush, but fists were ready to fly. P.S. Maggie Q can throw me through a window any day 🙂
Charlie on Jun 28, 2007
Live Free.... did exactly what I asked of it. Entertained me for a couple of hours. And, I'm still trying to figure out how they did the jet plane scene. I loved all the action and knowing Bruce still does a lot of his own stunts makes it even more fun to watch.
Judy Shores on Jul 8, 2007
should have been rated R, would have loved it more
Darrin on Jun 6, 2008
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