Die Hard 4
John McClane is back, and as per usual, he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s also about to take things very personal and go that whole extra mile just to make sure the bad guy pays.
As action franchises go, Die Hard has to be one of the best – it’s got Bruce Willis who knows action enough not to take everything seriously, it has the obligatory outlandish plot, good vs evil, with greed being the motivating factor of the bad guys, and justice and the American way being McClane’s motivation.
But it’s more that just big explosions, chase scenes and fights; John McClane is your everyday, down to earth, humble guy. He’s the kind of guy you don’t notice, but without who the world would not run properly.
He’s just like the janitor who cleans your office space whilst you’re at home in bed and best of all, he never complains about his job. He accepts that some one has to do it and that some one may as well be him.
Of course most people love Die hard for the endless action, unbelievable stunts and just enough humour to keep you smiling from beginning to end. It’s a feel good, popcorn action flick, with enough American patriotism to make most American’s swell up with pride and most non-americans to consider reaching for the barf-bag.
What’s new for this testosterone franchise however, is the inclusion of some serious female roles (ok, not THAT serious). Maggie Q plays the part of the Evil Genius’ sidekick and lover, who manages to kick John McClane butt big time, right before hiding under an SUV, permanently. And then there’s Lucy, McClane’s daughter. She plays a mostly helpless hostage, but does have some spunk in her dialogue. Not a great deal for feminists to get excited about, but I was worth the mention.
All in all, it’s a good solid 2 hours 10 minutes of adrenaline pumping action.
Food for thought
John McClane is the hero that no body notices, he’s the guy who gets it doesn’t quietly and doesn’t seek attention or reward. He’s just doing it because it’s the right thing to do.
Sadly McClane is an outdated breed. We live in a society that celebrates pride, encourages the attention getter and promotes the glossy veneer whilst neglecting what’s holding everything together.
What kind of society do we really want to live in and what part are we willing to play in that society?
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Violence & Offensive Language.
Duration: 130 mins.
Actors: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Cliff Curtis, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Andrew Friedman, Jonathan Sadowski, Yorgo Constantine.
Director: Len Wiseman.
Release Date: Available Now.