Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Live Free or Die Hard may be preposterous, but it's an efficient, action-packed summer popcorn flick with thrilling stunts and a commanding performance by Bruce Willis. Fans of the previous Die Hard films will not be disappointed.


Movie Info

On the Fourth of July weekend, an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme has figured out every modern angle... but he never figured on McClane--the old-school "analog" fly in the "digital" ointment. It's the beginning of the holiday, but New York City Detective McClane isn't celebrating. He's had yet another argument with his college-age daughter Lucy, and received a crushingly routine assignment to … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Bomback
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
Box Office: $134.5M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as John McClane

as Thomas Gabriel

as Matt Farrell

as Bowman

as Warlock

as Molina

as Mrs. Kaludis

as Hoover Agent

as Deli Owner

as Scalvino

as Chief Hazmat Agent

as Police Sergeant

as Phone Guy

as Chuck Summer

as Jack Parry

as On Duty PP Operator

as Deli Customer

as Slacker Kid

as Agent Johnson

as MP Rodriguez

as FBI Dispatcher

as Freeway Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (45)

Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's not remotely plausible, but with Willis' McClane leaping onto the tailfins of passing jet fighters and bringing down helicopters by launching police cars at them, there's enough stuff blowing up that action fans won't mind much.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An enjoyable pop projection of post-9/11 anxiety. That said, it also makes you nostalgic for the days when irresponsible action movies didn't have to deal with it.

Full Review… | November 28, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's an over-the-top spectacle of action violence, and I loved it.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
7M Pictures

Provided you don't put too much thought into it and just enjoy the ride, you'll have a blast.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Audience Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard

Erases the 3rd and def a return to the good old days of action movies.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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This was a nice (enough) return to a great series. There's plenty of action and drama, and over-the-top stunts and sequences, Willis still has the gusto he used to, and the supporting cast does nice work too. It would have been nice had this been "hard-edged" like the previous films, but even though it's not, it's still a decent film.

Like the previous entry, this one is on a larger, more open scale, with McClane having to stop a high tech terrorist attack on the country's (mainly eastern seaboard) computer infrastructure using his old school analog ways. Joining him is a dweeby computer guy who makes for a pretty decent comic foil, though he has nothing on Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus from the previous film.

The film (at least the theatrical cut) suffers from being sanitized and given the PG-13 treatment, but if you're open minded, you can look past this aspect. McClane is also treated like a friggin superhero, basically surviving stuff that no normal man should. This last aspect seems to increase as this series goes on, and, yeah, it's a bit dumb, but if all you want is a cheesy over-the-top action spectacle, then you should be decently happy with this one.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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