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Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard
“Yippee Ki Yay Mo - John 6:27”


Rating: Rated pg13

Director: Len Wiseman

Release Date: June 27, 2007

Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q and Cliff Curtis

John McClane is back; well, not exactly.

Live Free or Die Hard is the 4th installment of Bruce Willis' adrenaline packed series. Now to be honest, the track record on these films has been a little weird. In Die Hard we got to see the human and flawed German terrorist ass kicker. One of the greatest action films of all time, it was fully loaded with the goods. An intelligent and well acted villain, a hero that over comes impossible odds, humor, snazzy one liners you could use in real life. This first movie set about a whole new era for action films.

Then along came Die Hard 2 and the franchise seemed to stall a bit, but it was able to keep standing. What with another excellent villain and being able to see the humor in perfecting the "wrong guy, in the wrong place, at the wrong time" motto was enough for the film to limp itself into the John McClane library. So far, so good.

Then we came full circle and were hit with yet another great action movie. The wise ass, and now hung over, McClane was back. And better yet, he went up against another intelligent/well acted villain. This series should really be known for only 3 reasons; McClane's attitude, one liners, and villains. So here we are with Live Free or Die Hard, it's brought us back to the low point in the series. Only this time, it went even lower.

In the first 25-30 minutes of Live Free or Die Hard, there's some promise shown. It looks as if this film might actually pull itself up to the standard of the last three. Well my friends, looks are very deceiving. The action is pretty intense but, it's totally unrealistic; that's asking a lot, considering the last three were pretty close to believable. The part where he's fighting a F-35 sent the movie to hell in a hand basket. Honestly, the best way to describe John McClane in this movie is a cop jacked up on Red Bull. Our friends at 20th Century Fox did an excellent job of advertising it that way.

Another gripe, besides the action, was the one liners. They were either cheesy, because of the PG-13 rating, or weren't given enough time to sink in. And frankly, the delivery of the "highlight" one liner was just horrendous. Hearing "Yippee Kiya Muthaf***er" in the last three films brought this over whelming desire to cheer and say "Hell yea, McClane!!" I didn't even get goose bumps when he addressed his villain for the last time. That part right there just sealed the envelope for the award of "Worst Die Hard Movie" ever.

Sure there's some good things in the movie, but they just can't outweigh the serious flaws that went into the making of this movie. This final, hopefully, Die Hard movie now makes watching the second one just plain enjoyable. Oh yea, the movie has action, but it just doesn't give you the same feeling as the last three did. If you want my advice, stay clear of this movie until it's on DVD. Even then, proceed with caution. All in all, I'm giving it two popcorn buckets merely because the villain was intelligent/well acted and come on, it's John McClane we're talking about here.