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Feb. 28, 2012by:

With the success of 1988’s DIE HARD, sequels were inevitable.  DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER was a lot of fun and in line with the original for the most part.  It took five years for another DIE HARD film to pop up and it came in the from of DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, reuniting director John McTiernan with the franchise and establishing the new commonplace; a partner.

Twelve years later we were treated to the fourth film in the franchise, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD.  Directed by Len Wiseman, the film attempted to mimic the characters and situations of the first three films, but simply couldn’t recreate the formula.  The wide gap of time between films proved that Willis had become disconnected with the character of McClane and the “partner” paradigm (this time with Justin Long) dragged the film down. 

Essentially, the fourth entry in the franchise was a DIE HARD film in name only. The vulnerability, arrogance, and genuine street-level tough guy attitude of McClane had vanished, leaving us with Bruce Willis as himself. Wiseman did a competent enough job, but he’s no McTiernan.

Now, we have a fifth entry on its way, entitled A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, which is set in Russia and involves McClane’s son teaming up with his dad to fight off some Russkie baddies.  Director John Moore (BEHIND ENEMY LINES, MAX PAYNE) is at the helm this time.  A lazy choice disguised as “safe.”

So, how can the DIE HARD franchise be saved? First off, Willis needs to rediscover McClane.  He has to figure out who John McClane is 24 years after Nakatomi. Rewatching the first film or reading the novel it’s based on would be a start.  Either way, he needs to find the swagger, attitude, resilience, and vulnerability that he displayed so many years ago or it’s all for naught. 

The fact that the fifth film is set in Russia makes me very uneasy.  Does every DIE HARD film have to be set in America?  Yes, it does.  I don’t care.  F*ck that.  There’s no reason for McClane to be in Russia.  Las Vegas, Idaho, Vermont?  Sure.  Russia?  What the hell for?  When a movie becomes primarily about location the characters become secondary.  Russia is just a set piece for action, not character.

The other problem is the “modern” action.  Oftentimes, it feels like orchestrated ballet rather than down-and-gritty battle.  DIE HARD 4.0 is filled with moments like the former.  What happened that made filmmakers so afraid to shoot in-camera effects?  A little CGI and wirework is fine, but not when it’s your crutch.   What made the first three films so successful was the organic sense of the action; it felt like you were there, on the rooftop, on the streets, on the tarmac, whatever; it felt real.  It rarely felt like it was on a soundstage (even if it really was).

The chemistry between Willis and co-star Jai Courtney is going to have to be more than an “I-hate-you-dad-you-were-never-there” back and forth.  That shit’s tired.   Hiring a British stage actor is not always the answer to your villain role, either. There is a laundry list of fine actors that can play bad and they don’t all have accents.

There’s a strong debate over R vs. PG-13.  Hollywood has fallen in love with PG-13, the lap dance of the MPAA.  You get a little bit, but not the whole enchilada.  And DIE HARD is the whole enchilada.  You have to look at some of the key moments that made the first few films shine, many of which involved a heavy dose of blood splatter and hard-hitting violence.  It’s not called HURT HARD it’s called DIE HARD.

Yippie-Ki-Yay-MotherBLAM is another major problem.  It’s a slap to the audience’s face.  I actually winced when I heard it.  Are you trying to tell me that in a world where people are shooting at each other with automatic weapons that they’re doing so while watching their language?  I think f*cking not, kemosabe. 

A fifth DIE HARD should be a hardcore action film, replete with engaging characters and a return to form for Willis as McClane.  We need to care again.  The direction needs to be taught, organic, and focused.  The villain should be more than a caricature, but a motivated, enigmatic persona that doesn’t fit squarely into a villain category.  And before McClane offs the son of a bitch, he should serenade him with a little signature catchphrase that starts with “mother” and ends with “f*cker.” 

Otherwise, the film should be strapped with C4 and tossed down an elevator shaft so we can avoid another “name only” sequel. 

Extra Tidbit: I'm a big John McTiernan fan, but recognize the talents of many other action directors. Who would you rather see helm Die Hard 5? My contenders (aside from McTiernan): Duncan Jones, Joe Carnahan, Peter Berg, or Tony Scott. Let's hear yours.
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12:49AM on 02/28/2012
To me Die Hard lost it's way by making the "everyman" hero a superhero. We get enough of that stuff everywhere else. What makes Die Hard great is that this everyman finds a way against impossible odds. Running around on jet fighters and walking away from insane car crashes is NOT what I want to see from John McClane. Willis needs to rediscover McClane by making the character normal and relatable again. Leave the superhuman over-the-top crap to 007.
To me Die Hard lost it's way by making the "everyman" hero a superhero. We get enough of that stuff everywhere else. What makes Die Hard great is that this everyman finds a way against impossible odds. Running around on jet fighters and walking away from insane car crashes is NOT what I want to see from John McClane. Willis needs to rediscover McClane by making the character normal and relatable again. Leave the superhuman over-the-top crap to 007.
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12:51AM on 02/28/2012
Die Hard 2 was not a very good movie. But it was a Die Hard so it is still good, in it's not goodness!

I am always torn between which one I like better, Die Hard or Die Hard WAV.

As for Live Free, I actually enjoyed it, the R rated version on DVD (But not Blu Ray strangely) is way better as well, with a ton more F bombs and the complete "Yippie Kai Yay Mother FUcker" in tact!

As for part 5, the director does not instill confidence, but I said that about Capt America as well (The
Die Hard 2 was not a very good movie. But it was a Die Hard so it is still good, in it's not goodness!

I am always torn between which one I like better, Die Hard or Die Hard WAV.

As for Live Free, I actually enjoyed it, the R rated version on DVD (But not Blu Ray strangely) is way better as well, with a ton more F bombs and the complete "Yippie Kai Yay Mother FUcker" in tact!

As for part 5, the director does not instill confidence, but I said that about Capt America as well (The director had done Jurassic Park 3 and The Wolfman, confidence was not high) but Capt was pretty damn good, so hopefully this dude can overcome his shit resume and make a bad ass Die Hard.

But like you, the fact that the movie is set in Russia with his kid being his sidekick does not bode well. Give me America, and a sidekick that can at least stand toe to toe with Sam Jackson!

As for Directors, I'd say Joe Carnahan is a good pick.
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1:14AM on 02/28/2012
I've been saying it for years, Bruce Willis doesn't act anymore. The only character Bruce Willis knows how to play now is Bruce Willis. Sometimes it's not a bad thing, he's a cool dude. But for McClane, he really needs to dig deep to find how to act again.
I've been saying it for years, Bruce Willis doesn't act anymore. The only character Bruce Willis knows how to play now is Bruce Willis. Sometimes it's not a bad thing, he's a cool dude. But for McClane, he really needs to dig deep to find how to act again.
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1:43AM on 02/28/2012
I actually really liked Live Free or Die Hard. I thought it was better than the third movie. I guess opinions vary.
I actually really liked Live Free or Die Hard. I thought it was better than the third movie. I guess opinions vary.
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2:07AM on 02/28/2012
I agree with what everyone has said here... they need to go back to the roots of die hard and Willis needs to pull his finger out and rediscover John McClane.

As for the tidbit, I'm not a fan of any of those directors except for Duncan Jones, but his style doesn't fit in with the Die Hard universe. What about someone like Michael Mann? He'd give the franchise it's edge back IMO
I agree with what everyone has said here... they need to go back to the roots of die hard and Willis needs to pull his finger out and rediscover John McClane.

As for the tidbit, I'm not a fan of any of those directors except for Duncan Jones, but his style doesn't fit in with the Die Hard universe. What about someone like Michael Mann? He'd give the franchise it's edge back IMO
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2:29AM on 02/28/2012

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The heroes offspring as secondary characters never work. Remember Charlie Chan? !!
The heroes offspring as secondary characters never work. Remember Charlie Chan? !!
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2:53AM on 02/28/2012
It's a lost cause. With his hair went Bruce Willis' efforts as an actor. Huttjos already said it: Bruce Willis just plays himself now. He's forgotten whatever nuance went into being the character of John McClane and PG-13-ifying that universe strips it of whatever semblance was left of the original two Die Hards.
It's a lost cause. With his hair went Bruce Willis' efforts as an actor. Huttjos already said it: Bruce Willis just plays himself now. He's forgotten whatever nuance went into being the character of John McClane and PG-13-ifying that universe strips it of whatever semblance was left of the original two Die Hards.
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3:27AM on 02/28/2012

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The graphic for this column looks better than all the other Joblo T-Shirt/Website designs. You guys should work with that...
The graphic for this column looks better than all the other Joblo T-Shirt/Website designs. You guys should work with that...
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3:31AM on 02/28/2012
I think the days of a good Die Hard movie ended when Bruce Willis started to think that he was actually just as badass as the guys he played in movies. Remember when he offered a million bucks to the guys that killed Bin Laden? Then he welched on the offer.
Anyway, if another one of these movies absolutely had to be made, I'd say Doug Liman or Shane Black for director. Hollywood shoots an R-Rated movie, but whittles it down to PG-13 in the editing room, and then releases the R version on
I think the days of a good Die Hard movie ended when Bruce Willis started to think that he was actually just as badass as the guys he played in movies. Remember when he offered a million bucks to the guys that killed Bin Laden? Then he welched on the offer.
Anyway, if another one of these movies absolutely had to be made, I'd say Doug Liman or Shane Black for director. Hollywood shoots an R-Rated movie, but whittles it down to PG-13 in the editing room, and then releases the R version on special edition DVD. And then they wonder why people pirate movies....
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5:20AM on 02/28/2012
See, ah...

...I really enjoyed LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, and I didn't think the special effects or the [link] tarnished it at all. I just saw it as another chapter in an ongoing saga of Die Hard films, and you know what? It worked. Maybe it wasn't the best (I actually liked it more than DIE HARDER), but it's just another installment. So here comes a fifth one - awesome; it's doing something different, yes, but have any of us actually SEEN it? Do we know what to TRULY EXPECT from it? F*ck
See, ah...

...I really enjoyed LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, and I didn't think the special effects or the [link] tarnished it at all. I just saw it as another chapter in an ongoing saga of Die Hard films, and you know what? It worked. Maybe it wasn't the best (I actually liked it more than DIE HARDER), but it's just another installment. So here comes a fifth one - awesome; it's doing something different, yes, but have any of us actually SEEN it? Do we know what to TRULY EXPECT from it? F*ck no. So let's just chill and hope for the best, and worse comes to worst, it bombs, people hate it, and the few open-minded among us might still get a worthy fifth tale of John McClane.
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8:56AM on 02/28/2012
i didn't think the fourth fit in the world of the other films. Outside the die hard world it was a fine action flick, but held up to the others it fell flat.
i didn't think the fourth fit in the world of the other films. Outside the die hard world it was a fine action flick, but held up to the others it fell flat.
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5:56AM on 02/28/2012
I never understood the hate for this movie. I enjoyed Live Free. It was a great action movie with Bruce Willis doing what he does best. In 12 years, you can't really expect the series to retain it's former magic, but I do think it made a very good action film. For me, it delivered what the past films always delivered best: Bruce Willis being a smartass and a badass, and plenty of over the top, fun action. Plus, we get great performances from pretty much all the main players, including Timothy
I never understood the hate for this movie. I enjoyed Live Free. It was a great action movie with Bruce Willis doing what he does best. In 12 years, you can't really expect the series to retain it's former magic, but I do think it made a very good action film. For me, it delivered what the past films always delivered best: Bruce Willis being a smartass and a badass, and plenty of over the top, fun action. Plus, we get great performances from pretty much all the main players, including Timothy Olyphant who made a great egghead villain. I've never understood all the complaints, but then, I guess maybe I wasn't really searching for it to be a Die Hard movie, just a good action film.
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1:26PM on 02/28/2012
you completely missed every point he made on why the 4th one doesn't fit...and Olyphant as a bad guy
??? Compared to any of the first 3 was pathetic. Justin Long was annoying, and the fact they brought his daughter back was stupid.
you completely missed every point he made on why the 4th one doesn't fit...and Olyphant as a bad guy
??? Compared to any of the first 3 was pathetic. Justin Long was annoying, and the fact they brought his daughter back was stupid.
8:53AM on 02/28/2012
you hit the nail on the head. It was a good action film, but tie it into the die hard franchise and it doesn't quite live up to the others!
you hit the nail on the head. It was a good action film, but tie it into the die hard franchise and it doesn't quite live up to the others!
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7:17AM on 02/28/2012
I know that there's little to no chance of ever happening but I would love to see Michael Mann have his take on Die Hard.

BTW Great article Paul.. DIE HARD is by far my favorite action franchise, the first one being the single greatest action film ever, the 2nd awesomely fun and the 3rd a true gem.

Sadly though... PG-13, CGI, shaky-cams and quick edits are slowly killing action films as a true beloved genre.

Oh well.. I guess we will always have the 80s, no?
I know that there's little to no chance of ever happening but I would love to see Michael Mann have his take on Die Hard.

BTW Great article Paul.. DIE HARD is by far my favorite action franchise, the first one being the single greatest action film ever, the 2nd awesomely fun and the 3rd a true gem.

Sadly though... PG-13, CGI, shaky-cams and quick edits are slowly killing action films as a true beloved genre.

Oh well.. I guess we will always have the 80s, no?
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9:38PM on 02/28/2012
Thanks, Super. The first Die Hard is my all-time favorite film and it's unlikely that it will ever be dethroned. With the way DH5 is shaping up, I'd say the original can rest comfortably.
Thanks, Super. The first Die Hard is my all-time favorite film and it's unlikely that it will ever be dethroned. With the way DH5 is shaping up, I'd say the original can rest comfortably.
7:35AM on 02/28/2012
I thought it was a great article, but found it a bit odd that you're criticizing the 4th for not censoring "fucker" after "Yippee kay aye, mother" with a gunshot (in the unrated DVD, he actually says it). Then you say the fifth should have the correct phrase with no censoring, but then you censor the word by using a "*" instead of a "u."
I thought it was a great article, but found it a bit odd that you're criticizing the 4th for not censoring "fucker" after "Yippee kay aye, mother" with a gunshot (in the unrated DVD, he actually says it). Then you say the fifth should have the correct phrase with no censoring, but then you censor the word by using a "*" instead of a "u."
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8:44AM on 02/28/2012
For godsakes even Super 8 had the F word and it was PG 13..why not Die Hard
For godsakes even Super 8 had the F word and it was PG 13..why not Die Hard
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8:48AM on 02/28/2012
John needs the old look back!! I don't care if he's bald now! I want to see Mcclane with a receding hairline, and not bald! The way they did it last time did nothing to distinguish him from all the other characters he plays. His look in the third one was fine. I really dug this article and agree with you on pretty much every issue. I don't really agree that it has to be set in America though. I think if done right it could be in another country. I would however like to see another premise,
John needs the old look back!! I don't care if he's bald now! I want to see Mcclane with a receding hairline, and not bald! The way they did it last time did nothing to distinguish him from all the other characters he plays. His look in the third one was fine. I really dug this article and agree with you on pretty much every issue. I don't really agree that it has to be set in America though. I think if done right it could be in another country. I would however like to see another premise, other than going up against some Russian bad guys. Unless their threatining to bomb America (or the American consulate), while John just happens to be on vacation in Russia. I think another cool senario would be him having to rescuse his daughter and ex-wife from some bad guys.
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9:45AM on 02/28/2012
It's a no-win situation. The second you call a film Die Hard, you add history to it, and it gets exponentially harder to make it a good film.
It's a no-win situation. The second you call a film Die Hard, you add history to it, and it gets exponentially harder to make it a good film.
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9:51AM on 02/28/2012
I'm not the biggest Die Hard enthusiast, although the original is a bona fide classic (I've seen most of the second movie, the end of the third movie, none of the fourth). However, this rant pretty much nails everything that makes fans salivate over the return of John McClane. Particularly, yes, the Americanness of the movies. It's OK for Rambo to go blow up foreigners in their own country, he's a Vietnam vet, so he's done it before. McClane is a cop, and often a fish-out-of-water. But as long
I'm not the biggest Die Hard enthusiast, although the original is a bona fide classic (I've seen most of the second movie, the end of the third movie, none of the fourth). However, this rant pretty much nails everything that makes fans salivate over the return of John McClane. Particularly, yes, the Americanness of the movies. It's OK for Rambo to go blow up foreigners in their own country, he's a Vietnam vet, so he's done it before. McClane is a cop, and often a fish-out-of-water. But as long as he's dealing with Americans, we can just laugh at the cultural differences between New York and LA, or DC, or Louisiana, or Charleston, or wherever.
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10:09AM on 02/28/2012
What makes a Die Hard movie a Die Hard movie that audiences fell in love with:

1. Over the top violence (bullets to the head, icicles to the face, throats slit, etc.) DH4 did not have this.

2. A surly, smart ass, foul mouth New York cop that every man can relate to. DH4 did not have this.

3. Though some of the action may seem a little out there, it's still enjoyably believable (running across glass, dislodging a plane's fuel tank and blowing it up, surfin atop a mack truck) DH4 did not
What makes a Die Hard movie a Die Hard movie that audiences fell in love with:

1. Over the top violence (bullets to the head, icicles to the face, throats slit, etc.) DH4 did not have this.

2. A surly, smart ass, foul mouth New York cop that every man can relate to. DH4 did not have this.

3. Though some of the action may seem a little out there, it's still enjoyably believable (running across glass, dislodging a plane's fuel tank and blowing it up, surfin atop a mack truck) DH4 did not have this. Driving a car into a helicopter and somehow knowing how to fly a jet is something cartoon characters do.

4. Ending it all by calling someone a motherfucker. DH4 did not have this.
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9:42PM on 02/28/2012
Bugger, I should've read your post before writing pretty much the same thing!
Bugger, I should've read your post before writing pretty much the same thing!
10:29AM on 02/28/2012
What's up with all the haters, hating on DH4. Was it as good as the original? No sequel ever is, but that said the second Die Hard was fun but it wasn't nearly as good as the first, and I actually thin DH4 was better than DH3 which I though was far weaker. Go back and watch DH3 and tell me I'm wrong. I thin Willis was fine in DH4, his character to me seemed jaded and world weary which was kinda how I though McLean would be after divorcing his wife, having a rocky relationship with his kids.
What's up with all the haters, hating on DH4. Was it as good as the original? No sequel ever is, but that said the second Die Hard was fun but it wasn't nearly as good as the first, and I actually thin DH4 was better than DH3 which I though was far weaker. Go back and watch DH3 and tell me I'm wrong. I thin Willis was fine in DH4, his character to me seemed jaded and world weary which was kinda how I though McLean would be after divorcing his wife, having a rocky relationship with his kids. He old and cranky and tired.
I think the reason people have a problem with this movie is that they wanted to feel the same way they did when the they saw the original for the first time, but that ain't ever going to happen.
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10:50AM on 02/28/2012
How about we just stop dragging old men out of their old folks home to pretend to be action stars again and focus on some new stories with new talent? Seriously, this is getting fucking dumb. Why is there an unwritten rule that we need to use the same fucking old action stars for every action movie forever? Are they working on a zombie virus or some shit so that we can have more Stallone films in 30 years?

Give it a rest. These dudes are fucking old as shit. That's why they can't play
How about we just stop dragging old men out of their old folks home to pretend to be action stars again and focus on some new stories with new talent? Seriously, this is getting fucking dumb. Why is there an unwritten rule that we need to use the same fucking old action stars for every action movie forever? Are they working on a zombie virus or some shit so that we can have more Stallone films in 30 years?

Give it a rest. These dudes are fucking old as shit. That's why they can't play these classic roles anymore. They are no longer in the place they used to be, emotionally and physically. Just stop. Where are my generation's action heroes? Are we really going to be stuck with nobody except Sam Worthington and Vin Diesel? Really??
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9:35PM on 02/28/2012
I should clarify that I feel Willis is more than capable to do a 5th film and I'd be happy to welcome him back...IF he could find McClane's pulse again. Most of you have hit on the fact that Willis is always playing Willis and I agree wholeheartedly. However, I think that if he wanted to, he could reignite that fire. I don't think age has anything to do with it. Willis is in peak shape for his age, he's just not knocking it out of the park in his performances. Willis just needs to pull out
I should clarify that I feel Willis is more than capable to do a 5th film and I'd be happy to welcome him back...IF he could find McClane's pulse again. Most of you have hit on the fact that Willis is always playing Willis and I agree wholeheartedly. However, I think that if he wanted to, he could reignite that fire. I don't think age has anything to do with it. Willis is in peak shape for his age, he's just not knocking it out of the park in his performances. Willis just needs to pull out a page from Eastwood and get it together.
1:23PM on 02/28/2012
Because new action stars of today make total shit like Jason Statham, who I really like, but Transporters and Crank??? WTF. The Rock and Vin Diesel chose a similar route, but with shitty family movies.
Because new action stars of today make total shit like Jason Statham, who I really like, but Transporters and Crank??? WTF. The Rock and Vin Diesel chose a similar route, but with shitty family movies.
11:31AM on 02/28/2012

Yippe Kai Hell Yeah!

Someone's on the ball over at Joblo lately. The last couple articles have been nothing shy of super (Miami Vice was awesome!). The formula that worked for Die Hard "died" with me after the second one. To do a fifth, while I love John McClane it's time to put it to rest.
Someone's on the ball over at Joblo lately. The last couple articles have been nothing shy of super (Miami Vice was awesome!). The formula that worked for Die Hard "died" with me after the second one. To do a fifth, while I love John McClane it's time to put it to rest.
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1:29PM on 02/28/2012
I liked LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, but you're right in that it was a DIE HARD film in name only. Even if A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD is good, I'll still be disappointed if it's not a proper DIE HARD film. In LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, John McClane was boring. He wasn't a wise-cracking smart-ass loose cannon. He was a shell of his former self. And why did they have to censor his catchphrase? I was under the impression that you were allowed to say "fuck" once or twice in a PG-13 movie, so long as it doesn't
I liked LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, but you're right in that it was a DIE HARD film in name only. Even if A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD is good, I'll still be disappointed if it's not a proper DIE HARD film. In LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, John McClane was boring. He wasn't a wise-cracking smart-ass loose cannon. He was a shell of his former self. And why did they have to censor his catchphrase? I was under the impression that you were allowed to say "fuck" once or twice in a PG-13 movie, so long as it doesn't overpopulate the dialogue. But yeah, an R-rating would be an excellent return to form. Great article.
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4:15PM on 02/28/2012
The main reason I'm worried about Die Hard 5 is that you have a poor director, John Moore, and a poor writer, Skip Woods, doing the movie. It's gonna be a cash grab for FOX and that's it. Even though I enjoyed 4, we don't need another Die Hard.

And now I'll get negatives for this but I enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard. More than 2 actually. I was one of those people who saw the PG-13 rating and went WHAT THE FUCK. Then I saw the movie and actually enjoyed it very much. And this is coming from
The main reason I'm worried about Die Hard 5 is that you have a poor director, John Moore, and a poor writer, Skip Woods, doing the movie. It's gonna be a cash grab for FOX and that's it. Even though I enjoyed 4, we don't need another Die Hard.

And now I'll get negatives for this but I enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard. More than 2 actually. I was one of those people who saw the PG-13 rating and went WHAT THE FUCK. Then I saw the movie and actually enjoyed it very much. And this is coming from someone who has the first Die Hard in their top 5 favorite movies of all time.
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4:33PM on 02/28/2012
You nailed it by saying that the key lies in Willis' performance. He needs to reinvent the character but also stay true to who he was in his younger days. The fact the he didn't do that in part 4 is what killed the film...
Also the r-rating, which is not going to happen btw, would help the creators with originality in action sequences, when McClane has to improvise (see the icicle to the eye in DH2). Not to mention helping Willis with getting more into the foul-mouthed character
You nailed it by saying that the key lies in Willis' performance. He needs to reinvent the character but also stay true to who he was in his younger days. The fact the he didn't do that in part 4 is what killed the film...
Also the r-rating, which is not going to happen btw, would help the creators with originality in action sequences, when McClane has to improvise (see the icicle to the eye in DH2). Not to mention helping Willis with getting more into the foul-mouthed character
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9:34PM on 02/28/2012

I don't have a problem with...

... setting it in Russia necessarily, I'm just worried about the story that involves him being there. What I mean is, when the shit hits the fan whats to stop him from thinking 'fuck this, I'm going back to America'? We've had 'wrong place wrong time' scenario in the first 2 films, also had the 'i'm getting revenge for a dead relative' scenario and... well to be honest I've forgotten the fourth one (except a car hits a helicopter). IMO to get it right:

1- get a good plot that ties McClane to
... setting it in Russia necessarily, I'm just worried about the story that involves him being there. What I mean is, when the shit hits the fan whats to stop him from thinking 'fuck this, I'm going back to America'? We've had 'wrong place wrong time' scenario in the first 2 films, also had the 'i'm getting revenge for a dead relative' scenario and... well to be honest I've forgotten the fourth one (except a car hits a helicopter). IMO to get it right:

1- get a good plot that ties McClane to the action (like 1,2 & 3 where he can't just walk away- again, have forgotten details of the fourth)

2- Willis needs to remember that Mclane isn't Bruce Willis, he's a blue collar, down to earth guy with his own shit to deal with that 'does the right thing' in the most badass way.

3- include profanity (to cement the gritty, down to earth tough guy image), gore (Remember the exploding shins anyone?) and REASONABLY over the top action- I can buy jumping off a roof of an exploding building with a fire hose tied around the waist, I can buy setting fire to a trail of fuel that explodes a plane, I can buy elaborate 'puzzles' planted around the city to distract our hero... but a car being driven into a helicopter? No.

Having said all that, I've never made a good Die Hard film so what do I know?
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9:38PM on 02/28/2012
And yes, I do realise I pretty much just repeated the article. I'm just too passionate about Die Hard I guess!
And yes, I do realise I pretty much just repeated the article. I'm just too passionate about Die Hard I guess!
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