Review: Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

I liked it. Yes, it is an action film that highlights action for the sake of more action. Regardless, I liked it. I could have been better without the PG rating. The Die Hard series screams R rating, and I would not be surprised to see a special director’s cut DVD hit the stands in time for the holiday’s.

As a computer guy, I feel they treated the computer aspect of the story line intelligently. They didn’t over explain things, which is where so many computer based plots go awry in movies. They kept the explanations simple, and while I do not think that everything done with computers was 100% possible, they kept it at an arms distance and I felt that it was plausible. Nothing made me step out of the story and say to myself, “computers can’t do that”. In fact the opposite happened in one scene. There was a scene of a computer room that made me scoff, “yeah, right. That’s realistic.” What it ended up being was a clue that something wasn’t what the characters were saying it was. It was a clue that our hero had to discover. So it fit. There actually is a plot to the story, and it is intelligently followed. More importantly they didn’t cheat and treat computers like magical machines.

The acting was fairly well done. No award winning performances here, but nothing to get upset about either. Young actors Justin Long and Mary Elizabeth Winstead did fine work. Bruce Willis again plays the character with an understated “oh, no, not again” fatalism. It really works for this hero.

Speaking of the hero… John McClane while being perhaps the most unlucky (getting sucked into terrorist plots) and most lucky (surviving numerous attempts to kill him) NY City policeman, he still seems real enough to pull the story along. I know people that are relentless in their pursuit of what they want. McClane wants to do his job well and to protect those he cares about. With such motivation he really is still a likable character even when he is casually snuffing out bad guys. My friends and family have speculated about who would be included in a modern day League of Extraordinary Gentelmen. John McClane gets my vote. Yippy Kai Yay, @#)^(*&@#$er!!

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2 Responses

  1. Gere suggested Bruce Wayne as another member of a modern League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I concur with her choice and yours. I’ll toss in the kid from “The Sixth Sense,” because he can see dead people. That ought to drive some adventures.

    Who else ought to be in this extraordinary club?

  2. Good picks!
    So many book and cinema heroes are of the same type of cloth these days.
    Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, James Bond (2006)…
    For sheer brains, I’d pick Detective Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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