Bruce Willis Says We Might See Die Hard 5 Sometime Soon?
by Alex Billington
February 22, 2010
Oh no, not another one. Bruce Willis is out talking to press this week for Kevin Smith's Cop Out, which hits theaters on Friday, and of course he was asked about the Die Hard franchise, since that's one franchise people still seem to love (even though the last one sucked). MTV asked him if there's a chance we'll see a Die Hard 5 and Willis says it might happen, but there aren't many details to give right now. But he does have some ideas. "I would hire Len Wiseman right now," he says, referring to the Live Free or Die Hard director. Personally, I would rather he not be hired because I believe he screwed up the last one, but that's just me.
So where could they go in this sequel if they've already explored most of the US (by way of the "internet") in Die Hard, Die Harder, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard? What about not in the US! "Well, it's got to go worldwide," Willis said. "That would be my contribution to [the next movie]." Okay, I'm down for that, but we need a story first, and it sounds like Fox hasn't even thought about hiring a writer yet. "I take a certain amount of pride in being part of that [mythology], and the fact that I still get to do it," he says. "[But] making people laugh is the real deal." Just don't let Die Hard 5 become an action comedy.
I think Drew McWeeny of HitFix said it best: "Maybe I misread the general reaction to the last film in the Die Hard series. Maybe there are people out there saying to themselves right now, 'I wonder what happened to John McClane after he fought that jet airplane bare-handed and saved the universe from the Internet,' but if so, I've never met one of them." This franchise started it out with one of the best action movies ever (Die Hard) and ended up with one of the worst action movies ever (Live Free or Die Hard), so I don't have any desire to see another sequel, even though I'm sure Fox is probably trying to make it happen anyway.
You can read more of (and watch) the interview with Willis over on MTV if you're interested. I hope this doesn't happen, but Willis seems like he wants it to happen, and if that's the case, then I'm sure he's on the phone with Fox right now. But maybe people want to see this butchered franchise continue on? Do you?
You are in the minority. Live Free or Die Hard was a critical and financial success. Can't wait for the next one!
ShriekoftheVulture on Feb 22, 2010
Die Hard 4 was really good because of Justin Long and the super hot chick that played McClane's daughter.
John on Feb 22, 2010
Dude now I know why your a movie critic. you have no taste!
Jimmy Love on Feb 22, 2010
David I. on Feb 22, 2010
I really liked Die Hard 4 and am looking forward to a Die Hard 5!
Mega Jet Jaguar on Feb 22, 2010
I'm in, Willis is always good.
Xerxex on Feb 22, 2010
Yippy Ki Yay Mother Fucker!!!!
Alex T. on Feb 22, 2010
Really liked Live Free. . . another one would be fun.
Chad on Feb 22, 2010
Alex I think everybody on your site actually liked Die Hard 4, haha and fuel the fire I liked it too
Justin on Feb 22, 2010
Loved "Live Free or Die Hard"! I had zero expectations when I went to see it and afterwards, I felt like I had been on such a fun ride. I definitely think the franchise could be overdone with a 5th installment, but I'm with Willis, hire back Len Wiseman and I think I'll see it!
cagestin on Feb 22, 2010
you are wrong man. the last one was great!
c_bass on Feb 22, 2010
I liked "Live Free or Die Hard" and I'm in for a 5th movie. Hey if Stallone can live off Rocky and Rambo movies, Willis can live off Die Hard!
Quaked on Feb 22, 2010
Im with you Alex, Live free and die hard totally sucked compared to the first 3. How can you have a die hard movie with out lots of cussing and lots of blood. They pussied out on it and made it for the masses and so all the little teenagers could run out and see it....and thats bullshit, Die hard is the manly mans series, the epitome of an american action hero and they totally fucked it up. Like you said Alex, Unless its rated R I couldnt give 2 shits about this news. They should go the path the latest rambo did (minus the pitiful side performances and whole plot entirely) and make it a total gory grindfest...thats what I originally thought Live free was gonna be and I was very disappointed. You all are fools for thinking it was actually good when they turned Die hard into a runofthemill action flick.
Cody on Feb 22, 2010
Hmmm.. I can see where you're going with this. Bruce already did everything he can do to save the world in the Die Hard movies. The first three movies were great and the fourth installment wasn't as good as the previous ones, but it was definitely fun and entertaining to watch. I'm skeptical about a fifth installment, if they can come up with a good storyline, stay true to the original installments and don't make it an action/comedy then I say, go for it! But I definitely don't want to see a gray haired, filled up with botox John McLane shooting up people, jumping down buildings and planes and in the process doing it better then the people in the Olympics.
AjiNn on Feb 22, 2010
If I've ever disagreed with Alex before, it was minor. This is the first major one I've had. Live Free was awesome entertainment. After I saw it and others asked me about it, I would tell them that it was so over the top that it was great. I loved it. From beginning to end there was action. When I was asked "Like what?", I would just say Willis surfs a plane. Ridiculous scene there I know, but I thought it was great fun. Definitely not worth the comment "even though the last one sucked" when talking about a 5th one. I'd rather see a 5th one in this series that Indiana Jones.
jjboldt on Feb 22, 2010
I agree with Alex. The fourth movie was the weakest for me, so unless they go for an R-rated for the next movie then Bruce Willies shouldn't even bother.
akumared on Feb 22, 2010
Bruce is definitely in good condition to go for Die Hard 5, but I seriously don't enjoy 4. The pace is a little too slow for me.
free virtual worlds on Feb 22, 2010
Die Hard: Hans Gruber falling out the window Die Hard 2: Dude getting stabbed in the with an icicle (plus so much more!) Die Hard with a Venegeance: great chemistry with Sam Jackson. Jeremy Irons! no real iconic scenes but still an enjoyable watch. Live Free or Die Hard: the completely ridiculous action scenes including the lame Big Rig chase and Jet Fighter. Fighting the Interwebz: Lame. Justin Long & Maggie Q: Lame! I believe this franchise has one more opportunity to turn it around. Bruce Willis needs to step up his A game
pixelblink on Feb 22, 2010
I hope its R-Rated too, but I loved the action in the LFDH. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Nick Sears on Feb 22, 2010
Considering all the hype that surrounded Die Hard 4 pre-release, I was disappointed when it came out. Upon viewing it a second time last year, it's not a bad movie. I thought the directing was below average as it actually felt like poorly stitched together individual scenes. It was Wisemans best directing effort to date but I still think he sucks big time as a director and cannot understand why Willis would hire him again - perhaps he likes his wife!
Bash on Feb 22, 2010
Alex Alex Alex...you lost all credibility saying the 3rd one was any good. If any of them sucked it was the third one. I'm sorry but 4 was WAY better than 3. @ was mediocre? Wow.... 5...why not? I love Bruce! I own all his movies
tra la la la la di da on Feb 22, 2010
WOW Alex. You must be BLIND. Like seriously, you call Die Hard 2 the mediocre one? If anything it would be Die Hard 3... wtf! And anyway, Die Hard 4 was sick, I'll give it to you that the jet was a little bit over the top but the movie was pretty solid... you're crazy, and the more I read your blog the more I disagree with you on EVERYTHING. A-Bill, come on?!
abillsux on Feb 22, 2010
I have to throw some support in here. If you enjoyed Die Hard 4, that's great. But I think it was an abomination. It is terribly lazy and ineffective. Weak direction, the main villain was a wet blanket - everything was below par. The action and especially the script. There was so much potential with McClane being a technophobe and having his daughter involved, but nothing was cashed in on. Instead we got weak plot developments. How does McClane escape the guy in the apartment? The Terminator happens to fall on the keyboard. How does McClane escape the fighter jet? Some debris happens to fall in the engine. This is not what Die Hard is about. The FBI/Homeland Security guys were crap - like out of a bad telemovie. Kevin Smith was unfunny and repetitive. Bruce Willis gave 100% as always but he was sold out by that script and PG13 rating. This was alongside Indy 4 as one of the biggest wasted opportunities of recent years. And the Uncut version was a joke - lots of dubbed in swearing and fake looking CG blood - are you freaking kidding me? How the mighty have fallen.
SV7 on Feb 22, 2010
Well Alex, I think you have on supporter here. Die Hard 4 has NOTHING to do with any of the Die Hards. PG-13: "Yipee ki ka yay mother [insert gunshot]" VERY LAME The standard hot chick who can kick MEN'S asses. LAME Bruce Willis just does not have the flair he once had....although he showed SIGNS of it. RIDICULOUS action scenes that go against the gritty plausability that made the first two such classics Uninspiring villain compared to the other great three. I think it's a case of people forcing themselves to like it. People just did not want to allow it to fail so they did not watch it objectively. I think Die Hard can only be saved if they bring back John McTeirnan and give him free reign to return the older Mclane back to his more harder and intense roots. If not, i have no interest in a CGI-laden, preposterous installment of Die Hard. HH
Have Hope on Feb 22, 2010
16, NOTHING can compare to the atrocity of Indy 4. NOTHING! HH
Have Hope on Feb 22, 2010
What about The Phantom Menace...? 🙂
SV7 on Feb 22, 2010
That is true Hope, that is true. Am I the only one that liked Phantom Menace? Seriously, I loved it. Easily the best lightsaber battle! Was there more to the movie? idk cause I always looked forward to the doors opening and Darth Maul is standing there and pulls out the double bladed saber! Still, Attack of the Clones was by far the worse with Revenge and than Phantom. Wait, Clone Wars goes in there somewhere, you choose.
tra la la la la di da on Feb 22, 2010
I didn't love Live Free or Die Hard, but I did like it better than Die Hard 2. Of course, it helps that I never saw the PG-13 theatrical cut. The uncut dvd was the first, and is the only, version that I've seen. So yes, I wouldn't mind seeing another Die Hard, though I really wish they'd make it rated R. 17, I agree. Compared to Indy 4, Die Hard 4 is a masterpiece.
Craig on Feb 22, 2010
For every sequel they get to a point of topping the last, Die hard has gone from awesome movie to big budget action I still think it`s enjoyable but it has lost what made it special. If you watch the first Lethal weapon and the last you will wonder how this is the same people even except their names. And thats how I feel about the Die hard franchise now it`s only a way to set up action scenes and jokes
Loser on Feb 22, 2010
The first 3 movies were very good. I didn't like Die Hard 4. I will see Die Hard 5 on blue ray.
var2apo on Feb 22, 2010
Completely disagree that Live Free of Die Hard was one of the worst actions movies ever. It wasn't even the worst Die Hard movie ever. Die Harder will always have that distinction. It wasn't good, but I did think it was kind of fun, and at least it wasn't as bad as the 2nd one.
Glendon on Feb 22, 2010
Yea man I'm sorry...I gotta chime in here and say that I loved the fourth film as well. You definitely are in the minority on this one.
peloquin on Feb 22, 2010
Did some digging in the archives and found some interesting quotes Alex...What made you change your mind about this film because your initial reaction was pretty strong? "I really did have a good time in Live Free or Die Hard. Disregarding the realism issues with the computers, it's a good movie to kick back with and watch John McClane kick some serious ass." Read more: https://www.firstshowing.net/2007/06/28/live-free-or-die-hard-vs-transformers-the-mega-review/#ixzz0gKp7reM1 "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." Read more: https://www.firstshowing.net/2007/06/27/seen-live-free-or-die-hard-what-did-you-think/#ixzz0gKpp4TPs
peloquin on Feb 22, 2010
What part 4 was lacking was the grittines (spelling?) and real feel of part 1 and 3. Saw part 3 yesterday and it feels like you are really in New York and that there is a reality. Part 4 was a nice actionmovie in the theatre but it was no Die Hard. It was to sleek, had bad digital grading that made it look really fake and McLane was a spoof of himself. It wasn't hard hitting or gritty enough. It was not a good film and the look of it ruined alot, compare the visuals of part4 and the rest. Yuck. But I'm still up for a fifth one - but what scares me is that Willis thought the fourth one was the best.
ryderup on Feb 22, 2010
Martin Campbell! He could make it kick-ass!
Fox on Feb 22, 2010
Figures, anyone with taste always disagrees with Alex, so if he calls it one of the worst movies ever it's obviously pretty good. I loved LFDH and I would not be averse to another. I honestly have no idea what you could even find disagreeable about it.
TW on Feb 22, 2010
Die Hard Movies in order for me: Die Hard, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Die Harder, Live Free Die Hard. Die Hard 4 was enjoyable but easily the weakest.
sonnychiba1 on Feb 23, 2010
I thought the 4th was fairly solid - certainly worth it, unlike other additions to franchises. Billington you've given some real stinkers good ratings, and good films bad ratings, so I'm concerned about your ability to review. It had a lot of badass shit in it. At first the jet fighter thing seemed ridiculous consider; - jumping off a roof that is exploding with a fire hose wrapped around your waist - fighting some weird ninja commando on the wing of an airplane, then blowing it up by releasing a fuel valve - SURFING A FUCKING TRUCK THROUGH A WATER PIPE I felt it was actually on par. The Die Hard series is great for these kinds of scenes.
hahaha on Feb 23, 2010
there was only three great things to come out of the die hard quadrilogy,1.die hard 2.mary elizabeth winstead & 3.bruce willis bacame a star he went on to make great movies like twelve monkeys,pulp fiction & the sixth sense.
DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH on Feb 23, 2010
Die Hard 4 was a load of shit. They should take the next Die Hard 5 Back to the original story Bring Back wife Holly and the kids now teens, and the In Laws get them Involved. Set it at Christmas time.
Cineprog on Feb 23, 2010
Live Free, Die Hard was fucking awesome I'm so down for another
DoomCanoe on Feb 23, 2010
Die hard 4 was awful and I agree with the author on this one.
dave on Feb 23, 2010
I just don't understand how anyone could have liked the Die Hard 4. It was pretty much everything that Die Hard should not be. Over the top, CG, a JET? Are you kidding me???? Bruce Willis's brave attempts to dismiss the PG-13 rating did not work because once again, the suits put the might dollar before creativity and got their money but I think the other Die Hards will be remembered more fondly than this one. HH
Have Hope on Feb 23, 2010
I think the 3rd one was the weakest of all, but it still is a great action movie. The 4th one has a score of 81% 'fresh' on Rotten Tomatoes and 69% on Metacritic; it's the second best reviewed from the franchise (of course, Die Hard is the greatest, pure classic). So I say bring it!
me on Feb 23, 2010
There aren't enough 18 rated films these days. They should have made the fourth Die Hard edgier maybe by killing off the Justin Long character (after McClane needed any more help from him) letting McClane know the bad guys were serious bout killing his daughter...
napoleonblownapart on Feb 23, 2010
Hehehe... Alex: since I'm a computer science engineer (yeah, you can call me nerd, I'd accept that) I loved the plot. Despite that I did love Live free... (or just Die Hard 4.0 in my Country) I really don't want to see another installment of this franchise. I'm really getting pissed off with Hollywood and their tendency to reboot/remake/do more insane sequels of all the great movies that I grew up with (I was born in the early 80's). Anyway: John McLane rocks!!! "ippey kay yei mother fucker!!!!"
Chucho on Feb 23, 2010
I remember reading that Bruce Willis was against doing DH4, and only agreed to do it as a favor to someone. Evidently he's changed his mind, or owes someone another favor.
Nada Nuff on Feb 23, 2010
Yea when I read this I was like, hmm! I recall a lot of people liked it including myself. Again everyone is entitled to their own opinion so Alex, it is what it is with what you think of it. I, myself thought it was enjoyable and not bad for a summer flick. Now if they do decide to do another I think it's best to take international.
Blue & Orange NY on Feb 23, 2010
If they do a 5th movie, then I think it should go back to the basics of the first film and be in one location or building. I think Die Hard loses plot details the bigger the situation to be solved gets. The 4th movie became way too much for McClane's "wrong place at the wrong time" motif.
kcp on Feb 23, 2010
I wonder what happened to John McClane after he fought that jet airplane bare-handed and saved the universe from the Internet....BRING IT ON!!!!!
Voice of Reason on Feb 23, 2010
I love Bruce Willis and I adore John McClane. Willis still has the goods and he delivers them in the fourth film. I do, however, agree that there were a lot of problems with it. Most of it has already been said--the CGI--John McClane surfing a jet kills the whole end of the movie. Does it look cool? Yes. Is it utter preposterous bullshit? Yes. There was nothing in the first three Die Hard films, no stunt, that was completely impossible. Unlikely maybe, yes, but not impossible. The jet would have destroyed McClane's truck instantly. You're telling me a little concrete pillar would stop a heat-seeking missile? And then the truck starts rolling backward down the slanted highway shambles but magically comes to a stop at the edge because Bruce hits the brakes? Bullshit. Timothy Olyphant was incredibly weak and whiny as the villain. What he could do was intimidating, but he himself was terrible. His performance may have suffered by the fact that they didn't cast him until after they had shot half of the fucking movie! (Listen to the commentary) The fact that Wiseman was so excited about the jet thing and it was his idea makes me automatically agree that he is a hack and was and still is the wrong choice to helm a Die Hard movie. Plus I hated the blue color palate he used, I hate the look of the whole movie. He may have understood McClane as a character, but he knows nothing about how to make a credible action movie. The whole point of Die Hard, the reason it was such a cultural phenomenon, was because it was believable and starred an everyman underdog hero who was relatable, not a superhero. Wiseman takes McClane and puts him into superhero situations that don't mesh. PG-13 was bullshit, but from the studio's point of view it was the right thing to do. There is no way they'll make an R-rated fifth film. That dampens my excitement as well. But I would certainly go see it. McTiernan knows Die Hard better than anyone else, he was the architect of the franchise and created the two best films in the series (I truly don't understand the people that dump on the third one, I think the third one is fantastic...great cast, great character development for McClane, a plot that made sense, funny, inventive). But he will never direct another Die Hard movie. He may never direct a big studio movie again. Anybody remember the whole FBI/Pellicano/imprisonment thing? No studio will bank on McTiernan anymore. His rep is in the shitter, which is a shame because I would love to see what he would bring to another installment after so much time. If they do a fifth movie, it has to be R-rated (which it won't), it has to be believable, and it has to be less sprawling and chaotic than the fourth movie. That being said, there are several enjoyable moments in Live Free or Die Hard (the apartment shootout is solid and brings back the claustrophobia, the tunnel sequence was inventive, I liked his fight with Maggie Q, how he punches her in the face and doesn't care that she's a woman, and how he killed Olyphant was original) and I do watch it with moderate enjoyment from time to time. Billington, to call Live Free or Die Hard one of the worst action movies ever made is sheer hyperbolic horseshit. I could rattle a whole laundry list of worse action movies, and I'll bet the majority of people would agree with me.
Cameron Cubbison on Feb 23, 2010
lol you can stand your ground if you want no ones saying it was better than the first one, it will always be the best. but as far as the rest of your arguments go, suspending disbelief is what this franchise thrives on, not one of them are realistic, they are all overblown. and as far as the R rating, it would be nice but I don't care that much about it.
Jimmy Love on Feb 23, 2010
I love this franchise and hope it goes forever. I did love the first one... I thought the 2nd was too similar to the first and the third was very similar to the fourth. so an international die hard would be fresh. Bruce willis is a bad ass and always will be. There's no way they will make another one rated R, Alex. The last one made way too much money. Which is there goal obviously. I'm al for it!
indyjack on Feb 23, 2010
ok, let me tell you something Alex Bilington. First of all, the movie is a summer action flick. A movie that we can enjoy seeing John McClane kicking ass. Yes, the story is shit but we need movies like this to entertain us. PG13? yeah, not that good but i rather see it in PG 13 than never. You're a fool thinking this movie will be a masterpiece and blow you away. We've seen too many action flicks, every subject has been used. Nothing new. But hey, it's Bruce Willis. And second, if you didn't like it...if you don't have anything positive to say don;t say nothing at all.
Tony on Feb 23, 2010
Live Free Die Hard was way over the top compared to the other ones (action scenes) wise. On a plane? Give me a fn' break. What are they gonna call this one "Die Hardest" or just plain "Died"?
Agent Zero on Feb 23, 2010
Ahahahaha! I love it when people are all, 'That movie was so unbelieveable!'. Uh, duh. It's Die Hard. Unbelieveable from the very beginning! The fact that any sequel happened at all- unbelieveable! The odds of one man fighting a group of terrorists and killing them all single handed- doubtful. Having it happen to him TWICE- retardedly unbelieveable! So, all this bitching and moaning about 'internet' and punching helicopters is ridiculous- it's called a MOVIE. By definition it's unreal. If I wanted to watch a documentary I would. If I'm watching Die Hard I wanna see Bruce Willis kill a crazy karate chick with an ATV. If you're looking for reality- go somewhere else. But, don't hate on a movie for being outrageous. Nature of the beast. Like Iron Man? Total make believe. Like Superman? Fake. Like Terminator? Utterly retarded. But, they're fun! And so was Live Free or Die Hard. Oh, and as a final note: Live Free or Die Hard was based on a series of articles in the New York Times detailing real world problems with Internet security. So, yeah, even ridiculous has some basis in reality...
HelveticaConspiracy on Feb 23, 2010
WOW #53 Wall'O'Text owned me...TL;DR Now... Alex, I do enjoy reading most of your articles, and sometimes I even agree with you. HOWEVER, you are so way off base on this one that I think you are typing blind. LFDH was awesome! It was an enjoyable thrill ride that lasted the entire film. ANNNNNND after reading #34's complete and total domination of you; I would think a retraction is in order. No amount of back-tracking and craw-fishing will help you here Billington. Stop trying to sound like an intellectual, high-minded critic and get back to the grass roots, enjoyable blogging that I have come to like about this website. Die Hard 5 will be great I can't wait to see it!
Resciprocity on Feb 23, 2010
Although I think Die Hard 4 was a fun movie I'll be the first to admit it was also a very bad movie. Remember for three they were going to have it take place on a cruise ship but then that Segal film, the one he was the cook on the ship, came out. They could go back to something like that. I think once they went with multiple locations, Die Hard 3, it didn't work as well anymore. I think a good idea for number 5 is to set it in Japan maybe, they have lots of tall building. John could have just got remarried and his new wife has to go to Japan for business or something. Maybe his old wife, Holly, is over there and he is the only person she can think to call when things go bad. Throw in the bad guys and you got a good movie again. It needs to take place in one place, no sidekicks and it needs to be rated R.
Moviegimp on Feb 23, 2010
wow, Peloquin totally pwned you Alex. Don't waffle dude.
Branden on Feb 23, 2010
I loved all of the DIE HARD movies Bruce Willis takes Comedy and action very good! But i have seen a lot of PG-13 movies with the FU*K in it so why not put his infamos line Yppikai Mother Fu*kers. i mean really thats the one of the thing i look frowd to in the movies. Hope this one is R so they can say the Best Movie Line EVER!!!
jason on Feb 23, 2010
I loved Live Free, but some of the cgi action scenes were bad. I think there was a scene with a semi truck and helicopter? Don't recall exactly, but it took me out of the movie for a moment because there seemed to be some physical laws being defied somewhere. I want to see real, gritty filmed action scene and NO cgi car chases or explosions.
scott on Feb 23, 2010
Everyone are talking about R- rating but how many studios are willing to put up 100-200 mill budget and go R. The highest grossing R-rated movie worldwide comes in at number 41 if I remember correctly I think Die Hard movies should go R but I understand that studios are not going to risk it. Perhaps they should release a new Die Hard in both R and Pg-13 at the cinemas at the same time. Don`t know if studios tried that already but It would be something that could work
Loser on Feb 23, 2010
A hard PG please.
wm on Feb 23, 2010
holy cow Alex, Seems like you struck a nerve with some people here. 🙂 I must respectfully somewhat disagree with you. Bruce Willis and the Die Hard series is like pizza. There is great pizza and there is good pizza, but there is no bad pizza. Granted, Die Hard 4 was like plain cheese pizza from Dominoes, but it was still PIZZA. I just hope 5 has black olives and pepperoni. 🙂 Ninja Jack!
ninja jack on Feb 23, 2010
I for one loved Die Hard 4. It was a fun summer action blockbuster. As for Die Hard With A Vengeance, that movie was down right crap. Willis doesn't even use his gun in that film until 1 hour into it. It was an action let down. I didn't just want explosives. I wanted Willis kicking ass like he always does. Die Hard 4 gave us some really cool action. I say bring on Die Hard 5!
last son on Feb 23, 2010
Interesting how people are writing comments using words like "plausible", "believable", "realistic". Hollywood doesn't understand these concepts. And neither do most of you. This is cinema. Art - not realism. Entertainment - not believability. A cash-cow, nothing more. You want plausible, go rent Fight Club - plausible action based on an existing condition. The formula for successful action films has always been the same - the first one's always done on the cheap because no one in the studio system believes it will actually be successful. Less money means more reliance on a strong script with a complex storyline to make up for the lack of action options on such a tight purse - hence Die Hard. More money means less reliance on story and greater access to technology - hence DH2, DH3, and DH4. You can argue all you want, it's all irrelevant, sequels are options - you don't have to see them. But if you like revisiting your action heroes, then I say enjoy the "fantasy". Oh and Alex, stop being a hypocrite, your first feeling is always the right one...what's the point in basing your opinion on the majority if you actually have no voice of your own? Maybe it's time you hang up your hat and hand over the reigns of FirstShowing to someone with scruples and a sense of themselves.
Cisco on Feb 23, 2010
Cisco I must say that sometimes I watched a movie in the cinemas (mission impossible 2) and thought it was great and some time later saw it again and wondered how the hell I could have even liked it. So sometimes you get fooled by yourself, that one was probably due to my Fandom of john woos Hong kong movies not his hollywood crap less for a couple decent ones.
loser on Feb 23, 2010
I gotta give Alex credit, even when someone jabs at him he seems to go with it well. You crack me up man.
Jimmy Love on Feb 23, 2010
Loser - I don't believe you get fooled, I believe you take in information based on your mood at the time. Obviously for you back when you watched MI2 for the first time you were at a point in your life on that day when it was the thing you needed. Watching it the second time around it didn't provide the same result. Try it again and see how you feel about it a third time. That's the way film works - that's what makes it so wonderful, you never know when that one movie you need to cheer you up or take you away could be the same one re-viewed from a different perspective. Every film you see will generate a different response. And sometimes watching the same film again will generate a different response because factors change, you change, desires change. Alex on the other hand isn't basing his "change of heart" on another viewing of DH4, but rather on the fact that "initially (he) was a bit more positive just because everyone around (him) liked it. But the more (he) thinks back to it, the more (he) dislikes it." What I'm questioning here is Alex's ability to "think" at all, because from reading his comments he actually doesn't do a lot of his own "thinking". We all know what the Die Hard formula does for all of us, and that's all it should really be about - ie. how does the formula make you feel? And that's what you should stick by.
Cisco on Feb 23, 2010
Live Free or Die Hard did not suck. The more I watch it, the more I like it. Even better on Blu-Ray, I might add... Die Hard I and III were also good... Now Die Hard II....that movie sucked.
Frank N. Stein on Feb 23, 2010
I have a idea where the 5th one can go...I really want to see Die Hard 5 in SPACE!!!!!!
Dravas on Feb 23, 2010
I really liked die hard 4 its a great movie and had a good story line, every movie had its positives and negatives, but the last die hard was a good movie and very entertaining, and i cant wait for the next one, and Bruce Willis is a great actor and liked all his movies, so all i can say to you (BRUCE WILLIS) IS "BRING NUMBER FIVE TO US" and i am sure you can do it.
hn on Mar 1, 2010
I WANT TO PLAY JIM McLANES OLDER BROTHER IN DIE HARD 5.ALSO I HAVE SCREENPLAY FORMAT READY NOW!
phil 'BRAZILDO'byrne on Mar 6, 2010
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