Live Free or Die Hard
When an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation over the Fourth of July weekend, New York City Detective McClane uses his old-school ways to frustrate the hi-tech hacker.
© 2007 Twentieth Century Fox
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Rotten: The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, January 4, 2008
Fresh: Willis should not be the victim of facile stereotyping. He brings more heart and humor to apocalyptic pulp fiction than any other actor I can think of offhand.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Fresh: Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.
- Ben Walters, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011
After One bad sequel (Die Hard 2) and one average sequel (Die Hard: With A Vengeance) Live Free Or Die Hard brings back the solid elements that made the first film so great, and ultimately one of the best action films ever made. Live Free Or Die Hard is a fine return to form, and is by far the best Die Hard film since the first one. Bruce Willis is back as maverick cop, John McClane, and boy does he seem determined in this fourth entry of the Die Hard franchise. John McClane hasn't felt this menacing since the first film. Live Free Or Die Hard, is a different film from all the others, and is a bit risky considering we live in a time where we're vulnerable to terrorists. But it's just plain entertainment. Now before seeing this film, I skeptical, I did sort of enjoy the third entry, but felt it lacked something to truly make it memorable. So I had high hopes for this sequel. So I saw the film, and I was stunned at what I saw; the film is a fine return to it's action roots, as I felt that the last two sequels had more of a humourous approach, which cheapened the films slightly. But in this fourth film, we have a few of the traditional John McClane wise cracks, but the filmmakers don't overdue it. This is my favorite Die Hard since the first one, and I enjoy how they managed to do something totally new and refreshing with the overall plot of the franchise. In this fourth entry we have a terrorist who is played marvelously well by Timothy Olymphant who uses techno terrorism to wreak havoc on the United States. Olymphant is very surprising in the role, and he truly is menacing and convincing. I find him quite a hit and miss actor, but with this film he truly delivered one of the best performance since Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in the first one. Live Free or Die Hard boasts an impressive cast of actors. This is a phenomenal action film that delivers on the action, and the thrills, Everything that made the first Die Hard great is here, and more. The only difference is, this film is set in the 21st century. The threats are more realistic this time around, and who know with the techno terrorism going on in the film, maybe this will be the face oif terror in the next 50 years. A must see if you loved the first Die Hard.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Cast: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Jeffrey Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Palermo, Yorgo Constantine, Yancey Arias, Maggie Q Director: Len Wiseman Summary: John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker (Justin Long) in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure. Fear not, the information-age plot still boasts plenty of good old-fashioned gunfights, smash-ups and explosions. My Thoughts: "Love a good action film, and this one definitely delivered. Love all the "Die Hard" films. Had some really good exploisions scenes. The story was interesting and kept you attention all the way through. I liked Justin Long in this. Thought he fit the role good. Kevin Smith was a nice surprise. All in all a great action film. If you like action packed films and shit that blows up, then this is your kind of film."
- LWOODS04, Tuesday, August 10, 2010