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Die Hard 4 - Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

Die Hard 4 -  Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

The fourth generation Die Hard brings about plenty of new-gen technology! Instead of a tough guy sidekick John gets a nerd, and those black and white stereotypes are all out of the picture. He's officially old now too, and bald, which kind of sucks even if it is only natural. Been a while since the last movie after all.

He may be tougher than before - hardened by age, his shiny scalp stony and furless, but all of a sudden his age also seems to merit a new kind of stereotype, and becomes the one trait of his that outsiders keep hacking on, and he keeps enforcing that stereotype with a continual lack of know-how and smart remarks that aren't always that smart.

Age could be an advantage, and I feel like pitting it against him isn't the best move for the movie. It feels overused and unnecessary, and like a decision they make to appeal to a younger audience - teenagers, who exhibit a similar hostility and uncertainty towards their elders. In the end he does show them he really is as capable now as ever, even if he doesn't make it out of it all quite as unscathed as in the prequels. But then again - the times are rougher than ever as well.

Plot? John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.

The hacker joining in is a bit of an overstatement, and it takes a while for them to figure out what's really going on - as is customary. Once they do however: there's plenty of chase and action, and it all intensifies when his daughter is kidnapped, and the criminals get closer and closer to their goal.

The new special effects and style of filming feels... modern. It's a lot more detailed, most of it, but I did prefer the gritty authenticity of the previous three. They just had a different feel to it. The helicopters and planes exploding... well, they did a helicopter in the previous movie, but it still feels like they're taking it a bit too far with this one. Unnatural.

The main characters make a good duo though, and Lucy a good daughter, and the police are co-operating nicely now - even if there is still a bit leftover bureaucracy brewing on. I was surprised (pleasantly so) to see Cyril Raffaelli playing one of the villians as well, and getting to showcase some of his amazing skills with parkour.

Oh, and Jack? I guess that's a clue for the next movie. Good watch, again. Bruce Willis is still living up to his name. Still a genuine tough guy. He's still got it, even if everyone but him likes to claim he doesn't, and the movie has a darker tone to it than the previous. Getting with the times, maybe, but the old times were better.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

June, 2022

Die Hard 4 -  Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

Apart from the special effects these just get better and better!

Though Gabriel was a bit of a letdown as a villain. Always letting others do his handiwork.

Also noticed that at the first power plant, when the girl shoots the guard, the timing in the dialog's wrong. It's like they skip back in time a bit when the camera switches to her. Give it a look!

I miss Holly too, and I don't like the main man starting to be called out as a relic of old; a failure... but Lucy's not a bad replacement. And the hacker's great. They've got good chemistry.

I guess some people might've felt he was a bit of a weakling as a sidekick since they switched him from a tough guy in the sequel, but whatevs. I'm a fan. From the first barge into his apartment to the so well-timed and so both comical and suitable 'don't shoot' moment when he tries to escape.

Also always a treat to see Dominic (err I mean Cyril Raffaelli)! Always so smooth with the moves. And Maggie Q! Though she doesn't get to do much fighting she's always nice to have around.

I wish there was a bit more continuity with the cops and feds and all but overall: I dig this. They've got a good cast, good action, and maybe the most relevant plotline as far as these movies go too.

Though did I just say these just keep getting better and better? It's good... but maybe not that.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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