Die Hard 4
Nearly two decades have passed and terrorist threats have shifted from taking over high-rise skyscrapers with fully automatic weapons to cyber terrorism. John McClane is now bald and aged, and McClane is still looking to save the unlucky, mistreated, and misfortunate whether it is the world or his very own daughter.
Anticipating the fourth installment of the Die Hard series, I really did not know what to expect. Die Hard truly sets the bar high with a great 4th addition to the Die Hard franchise. How can you possibly go wrong when a former government computer specialist, turned cyber terrorist, in a plot to shut down the entire United States, manipulates a group of highly techno savvy geeks? Alright, so the story does not sound all that great, but they really pulled it off!
Die Hard opens with the overprotective father looking out for the best interest of his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Soon we find that Lucy got all of the wit and stubbornness from her father. Leaving from the encounter with Lucy and her not so much boyfriend-Detective McClane gets a call to retrieve a suspect and bring him in. Catching up to speed there has been a breech into the U.S. intelligence computers and immediately all known hackers become suspect. Breaching U.S. intelligence would take a very sophisticated hacker many years to achieve, but what about a team of hackers uniting together to make the impossible…possible?
Led by Cyber terrorist Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) and his assistant Mai Lihn (Maggie Q) they get what they need from hackers nation wide to take on U.S. intelligence then they dispose of all evidence and kill the hackers that could possibly stand in their way! Thomas Gabriel did not take in account the good old boy of the New York City Police John McClane.
Stopping by a run down apartment complex, McClane meets Matt Farrell (Justin Long) and attempts to take him into custody, but is stopped by shots fired from fully automatic guns that literally demolish Farrell’s apartment. We have our first action sequence of shooting and McClane rapidly destroys the bad guys.
I must add something about the fact that Matt Farrell is played by the Mac Commercial iCon Justin Long. How brilliant to cast Justin Long as the computer hacker that saves the day! My question: would they dare have him using a PC in the movie-yes at times, but note that he did indeed have a 32” monitor with a powermac in his apartment-what a relief to all mac fans.
Follow up the first scene of action with car chases, helicopters, fight scenes, elevator shaft suspense, a semi truck, and a hovering jet-and you have one action packed film that will entertain you till the very end. Die Hard stayed true to the wittiness of John McClane complete with his catch phrases and tag lines and the movie incorporated plenty of humor.
One highlight of Live Free or Die Hard is the portrayal of the old meets the new, keep in mind this point as you watch McClane and Ferrell, plot of the movie, graphics, fighting styles, humor, and the famous one liners of the film. I promise-you won’t go home disappointed!
Reviewed by: Josh Bowlin.
Rating: M – Contains Violence & Offensive Language.
Duration: 130 mins.
Genre: Action, Adventure.
Actors: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long.
Director: Len Wiseman.
Release Date: 9 August 2007.