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"The official LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD post (SPOILERS)"
Mon Jun-25-07 10:49 PM by ZooTown74




Didn't realize this is coming out on Wednesday. Anyway, it's early, but it's got an 86% at Rotten Tomatoes (7 reviews) and an 8/10 based on 5 reviews at Metacritic. For those who are into that sort of thing. And here's the Variety review:

>Live Free or Die Hard

A 20th Century Fox release, made in association with Dune Entertainment, produced in association with Ingenious Film Partners. Produced by Michael Fottrell. Executive producers, Arnold Rifkin, William Wisher. Co-producer, Stephen James Eads. Directed by Len Wiseman. Screenplay, Mark Bomback; story, Bomback, David Marconi, based on the article “A Farewell to Arms” by John Carlin, certain original charac-ters by Roderick Thorp.

John McClane - Bruce Willis
Matt Farrell - Justin Long
Thomas Gabriel - Timothy Olyphant
Bowman - Cliff Curtis
Mai - Maggie Q
Lucy - Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Warlock - Kevin Smith
Agent Johnson - Yancey Arias
Taylor - Christina Chang
Russo - Yorgo Constantine
Casper - Andrew Friedman
Raj - Sung Kang
Clay - Matt O’Leary
Rand - Cyril Raffaelli
Trey - Jonathan Sadowski


It's the Luddite versus the techies in "Live Free or Die Hard," and guess who wins. Back for a fourth round after a decade on the sequel sidelines, Bruce Willis enthusiastically resurrects resourceful working-class cop John McClane as the unlikely opponent of computer creeps bent on bringing down a digital-dependent nation. Tone careens madly from serious peril to action camp and everything in between, but the sheer quantity of often outrageous stunts should help overcome franchise mustiness to entertain general auds and rack up solid returns here and abroad.

First two "Die Hard" installments appeared in 1988 and 1990 -- the third followed in 1995 -- meaning that those interested in reviving the series had to confront the fact that much of the target aud for such a picture wasn't even born when John McTiernan's original hit the screen. Fox, scenarist Mark Bomback and co-story writer David Marconi have responded in obvious and safe ways, pairing Willis with a scruffy young computer geek with an anti-authoritarian streak and an aversion to physicality (Justin Long), making the villains disaffected (and very attractive) Yanks rather than foreign religious fanatics, and tailoring the package for a PG-13 rating rather than an R, which is what the previous three entries received.

Helmer Len Wiseman, a musicvid vet with a certain following based on the "Underworld" duo, plays up the incongruity of McClane being forced to confront the technical expertise of very 21st-century baddies who know how to shut down communications, data and security systems with the tap of a laptop key.

When the FBI realizes its computers have been hacked into, McClane is assigned to haul in Matt Farrell (Long), a New Jersey slacker on a laundry list of suspects. Even this isn't easy, however, as French (!) assassins frantically attempt to take Matt out even as McClane endeavors to spirit him away.

In short order, the ultra-efficient culprits, led by ice-cold, black-clad tech genius Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), bring Washington, D.C., to the sort of standstill it hasn't experienced since "The Day the Earth Stood Still." After Wall Street is thrown into similar disarray, Matt sees that someone is setting off a "fire sale," a three-step plan to shut down everything in the country that's run by computer.

While the government -- Homeland Security, FBI, NSA, the armed forces, police, et al. -- scrambles to figure out what to do, McClane tries to keep Matt alive at least long enough to reveal what he knows about the dastardly project in which he was an unwitting participant. At every turn, they are attacked by Gabriel's well-armed goons, precipitating numerous action scenes that are ludicrous on the face of things -- McClane successfully battles a marauding helicopter with a fire hydrant, then a vaulting car, and later rides the wing of a spinning fighter jet -- but so much so that they'll become the sort of audience talking points people will have to see for themselves.

Along the way, the anti-gov nasties also kidnap McClane's daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), making the battle "personal," in time-honored tradition.

All the "Die Hard" films have centered upon terrorists, but the ones until now dwelled in the pre-9/11 world; by avoiding contempo reality (there's barely a mention of it), new entry can legitimately be accused of evasiveness, even timidity. But filmmakers largely disarm this sort of criticism by recasting the film as a virtual action cartoon, one you can laugh at and even enjoy for the preposterousness of its propositions. Any doubts about how seriously pic is intended are dispelled in the third act with the arrival of Kevin "Clerks" Smith as the ultimate high-tech geek who humorously handles an overload of exposition and helps close the noose around Gabriel and his misguided cohorts.

Head shaven and still in fine shape, Willis has no trouble convincing that he's still capable of handling heavy action. Long's character spends so much time seeming desperate that thesp has little opportunity to give him other personality traits, leaving Matt a basically rote creation. Olyphant is all unruffled smoothness as the vengeful villain, while Maggie Q, as Gabriel's martial arts-proficient g.f. and Winstead as McClane's initially estranged daughter provide incidental hottie moments.

Set pieces' outlandishness notwithstanding, pic's physical aspects feel convincingly real.

Camera (Deluxe color, widescreen), Simon Duggan; editor, Nicolas de Toth; music, Marco Beltrami; production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos; supervising art director, Troy Sizemore; art directors, Beat Frutiger, James Hegedus; set designers, Greg Hooper, Geoff Hubbard, Anshuman Prasad; set decorator, Robert Gould; costume designer, Denise Wingate; sound (Dolby/DTS), Steve Nelson; sound designer, Cameron Frankley; re-recording mixers, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer; visual effects supervisor, Patrick McClung; visual effects, the Orphanage, Digital Dimension, Riot, Pixel Magic, Amalgamated Pixels; special effects supervisor, Mike Neinardus; stunt coordinator, Brad Martin; assistant director, Dieter Busch; second unit director, Brian Smrz; second unit camera, Jonathan Taylor, Gary Capo; casting, Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood. Reviewed at 20th Century Fox studios, Los Angeles, June 22, 2007. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 129 MIN.


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The official LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD post (SPOILERS) [View all] , ZooTown74, Mon Jun-25-07 10:48 PM
Subject Author Message Date ID
But its PG-13 though
Jun 25th 2007
You'll get it.
Jun 26th 2007
My boy saw it last night...
Jun 27th 2007
Yippee know what? I'm done.
Jun 26th 2007
^^^ Won't SEE IT
Jun 26th 2007
      Nope!!! You mad???
Jun 26th 2007
what dvd screener leaks were made for.
Jun 26th 2007
i sort of agree
Jun 26th 2007
      since at least die hard with a vengence
Jun 26th 2007
           there is a big difference
Jun 27th 2007
FUCK THE HATE. I will be there tomorrow night. RT at 85%.
Jun 26th 2007
i say fuck reviews anyways
Jun 26th 2007
they showed the 18 wheeler vs the harrier scene on ESPN tonight.
Jun 27th 2007
Just saw it. It's a real solid action flick.
Jun 27th 2007
75% on Rotten Tomatoes as of Opening Day, and a 4-star review...
Jun 27th 2007
* mini-spoiler * ...
Jun 27th 2007
No, because you had to really look for the Apple logo. Unlike MS's
Jun 30th 2007
My jaw was like this :-O for 90% of the movie
Jun 28th 2007
a return to form for the summer blockbuster
Jun 28th 2007
Trash. i can't believe this shit is getting co-signed
Jun 30th 2007
^^^ Truth. Listen to this man.
Jun 30th 2007
I thought the premise was great
Jun 30th 2007
Me either. This is by far the worse of the series
Jul 02nd 2007
RE: Trash. i can't believe this shit is getting co-signed
Jul 06th 2007
      it sucked for many reasons
Jul 06th 2007
      u can do fantasy and still MAKE IT SEEM REAL!
Jul 07th 2007
fun flick SPOILER
Jul 01st 2007
AWESOME MOVIE, I would love to see this in Rated R however
Jul 02nd 2007
Jul 02nd 2007
Jul 02nd 2007
Seriously though, can't yall just have fun at a movie?
Jul 03rd 2007
yeah, i had tons of fun at the first 3 die hards
Jul 03rd 2007
so how many INTs did brett favre throw in this flick?
Jul 05th 2007
i'm basically in love with bruce willis.
Jul 03rd 2007
Fun movie but went from great to too over-the-top
Jul 05th 2007
Great movie
Jul 05th 2007
that was a letdown
Jul 05th 2007
the biggest let down i've had in a long time
Jul 07th 2007
see i don't even mind a mindless action film...
Jul 07th 2007
      It's all about Marketing
Jul 07th 2007
      but didn't they already do the same thing with Die Hard 2?
Jul 07th 2007
           mfers having a REAL selective memory with Die Hard 2
Jul 07th 2007
                I think many people saying "it's not a Die Hard" haven't seen DH2
Jul 08th 2007
                     I think its the fact that he's not really trapped
Jul 08th 2007
                          but Die Hard 2 sucked
Jul 08th 2007
                               ^^^ ether
Jul 08th 2007
Jul 08th 2007
remember in Die Hard 2
Jul 08th 2007
i 'love' these movie cliches
Jul 08th 2007
If you're saying this movie's too unbelievable to be a Die Hard...
Jul 08th 2007
these people are just like the comic book nuts
Jul 08th 2007
If McLane ran over shards of glass in Die Hard 4...
Jul 08th 2007
That's an overstatement.
Jul 08th 2007
      The list is longer and harder to believe
Jul 08th 2007
well i recommend ppl who plan on seeing it NOT go in this post
Jul 08th 2007
      yeah it was.
Jul 08th 2007
      Shit, I had lofty expectations and loved it.
Jul 08th 2007
           i with you and will
Jul 09th 2007
this was sick
Jul 08th 2007
brilliantly done...
Jul 09th 2007
WOW......just a fucking spectacular summer blockbuster
Jul 14th 2007
huge cosign
Jul 15th 2007
Its 2007: they cant 1990 the muthafucka
Jul 15th 2007

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