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Live Free or Die Hard (SE)
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11.21.2007 By: Sturdy
Live Free or Die Hard (SE) order
Director:
Len Wiseman

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Timothy Olyphant
Justin Long

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
John McClane is back for a fourth go around and this time heís protecting our computers. A disgruntled citizen is hitting back at the system that shunned him by taking over Americaís computer infrastructure. Unfortunately for him, he didnít count on having to deal with John McClane.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think itís ironic that the first DIE HARD film was critically acclaimed for being a good action film with a story. It wasnít just special effects and death defying antics; it actually had real characters that were interesting and developed. That, along with Bruce Willis being uber-cool, made DIE HARD one of, if not the, best action films of all time. However, the sequels have brushed aside those pesky things called scripts and focused solely on blowing stuff up and having Bruce Willis look cool. Iím not saying its bad; in fact, itís actually cool as hell.

So thatís basically what youíre going to get; Bruce Willis in one over the top stunt after another. Sure, heís cool doing it and itís a fun ride, but thereís nothing more to it. I was happily enjoying the ride right up until the ďF-35Ē scene. Itís not that I want a realistic DIE HARD film, but having Bruce Willis jump on the wing of a moving jet and then jump off said jet was borderline silly. I can suspend disbelief to handle the most ridiculous of action sequences, but this particular scene was too much.

As much as I can appreciate the film for being incredibly fun and exciting, would it be too much to ask to have a DIE HARD film with some character development, kind of like the first one? The second, third and now fourth installments in the franchise have abandoned any notion of making McClane human. There were moments in the fourth where I thought they couldíve added some depth to his character, but they rushed the scenes and got him back to shooting people. Again, not entirely a bad thing, I just miss the human McClane.

I was concerned that I wouldnít like his daughter in the film, but she was actually pretty cool. I could see Hollywood trying to use her in a spin-off somehow and with a certain amount of luck, it could actually work. But I donít think Bruce Willis is done with the DIE HARD franchise just yet. He seemed to have a lot of fun making the film and he was excited about it in his interviews. I expect him to come back for a few more, and given how much fun this fourth film is, I donít see any reason to try and stop him.
THE EXTRAS
Everyone has complained about the PG-13 rating and I didnít care until McClane finally muttered his popular ďYipee ki yay Motherf*****Ē. I know itís just one expletive, but it happens to be an important one and part of the very saying that everyone associates with the franchise. For that reason alone, I canít see ever watching the PG-13 version. Luckily, the unrated version gets it right.

Commentary with Bruce Willis, Len Wiseman and Nicolas De Toth: This isnít a bad commentary and they discuss the PG-13 rating right off the bat. They claim it wasnít an issue, but you can tell by other things they say that it probably was an issue. There were some pauses in here, some of which were pretty long. I wouldíve also liked to hear more from Bruce Willis.

Analog Hero in a Digital World (97:15): This is an extensive look at DIE HARD 4 and covers pretty much everything you need or want to know. The cast starts by talking about the first film and goes all the way through the making of the fourth. Itís pretty good and moves fast enough to make it fun to watch. There are a few too many movie scenes though. I also liked Justin Longís rip on the PG-13 rating.

Yippee Ki Yay Mother F***** (22:39): This is the Kevin Smith interview that was online before the movie came out. Here it is in its entirety. Personally, Iím a big fan of Kevin Smith and a big fan of Bruce, so this featurette alone is worth buying the two-disc version.

Guyz Nite Music Video: Die Hard (4:28): Iíd never heard of Guyz Nite, but these guys sing a rock song about the DIE HARD films and itís pretty good. This is a fun video.

Behind the Scenes with Guyz Nite (5:46): I enjoyed the video, but I didnít need an interview with the band. If youíre a fan of the band, this may be worth your time. Otherwise, Iíd skip this one.

Fox Legacy (6:20): Some guy at Fox talks about the DIE HARD franchise and gives you way too many movie scenes. Meh.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD is a fun film. It has what you expect from a DIE HARD film and enough action to keep everyone interested. Even with a couple of over the top sequences, itís a fun movie and a worthy addition to this already good franchise.
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