Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard
Len Wiseman handles many of the set-pieces with flair and tension.
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.
The bad guys' omnipotence at nearly every turn dilutes the film's suspense.
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.
What's the fourth "Die Hard" called? I keep forgetting. "Die Hard: With a Pension"? "Die Hardened Arteries"? "Die Laughing"?
Audience Reviews for Live Free or Die Hard
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.
Up until the most recent movie("Good Day to Die Hard") this was the most over the top installment of the movie. McClane(Bruce Willis) is visiting his daughter when he gets a call to pick up a hacker(Justin Long) and take him to Washington D.C. When he gets to the hackers apartment they are attacked, and it turns out the hacker didn't know, but he had been working for a terrorist named Gabriel(Timothy Olyphant) to set off a Fire Sail. Using technology they turn off traffic, all the power, all the communication, shut down financial institutions and attempt to put the U.S. back in the dark ages. But they didn't know they would have to contend with John McClane, an "analog man in a digital world". Now he is our best chance to stop them before it's too late. McClane is pretty much indestructible, and jumps onto F-35 jets here, so yes it's crazy and way over the top, but it's still a "Die Hard" movie, and it's still awesome. Not as good as others in the series, but it's still very entertaining for an action flick that holds up decent. Biggest problem is it's rated PG-13 and he only says "Yippy Ka Yah" without the rest of it;) Still, if you haven't watched it, go back and give it a shot.
Live Free or Die Hard Quotes
|Thomas Gabriel:||On your tombstone it should read 'At the wrong place at the wrong time,'|
|Thomas Gabriel:||On your tombstone it should read 'At the wrong place at the wrong time'.|
|John McClane:||How about ' Yippie ki yay, motherfucker!'|
|John McClane:||How about ' Yippie ki yay, motherfucker!'.|
|Thomas Gabriel:||(On the phone) Mai, what the hell's going on?|
|Thomas Gabriel:||[on the phone] Mai, what the hell's going on?|
|John McClane:||Mai? Oh yeah, little Asian chick, likes to kick people? I don't think she's gonna be talking to anyone for a long time. The last time I saw her she was at the bottom of an elevator shaft with a big SUV rammed up her ass.|
|John McClane:||"Nice poster."|
|John McClane:||Nice poster.|
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