Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
When the FBI believes that someone is hacking into their systems, they send out cops to track down all potential suspects and bring them in for questioning. One of these cops just so happens to be John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his target is Matthew Ferrell (Justin Long). When John gets to Matthew’s apartment, the place gets shot to hell and he knows that something is wrong. After they escape, and get to Washington D.C., it is determined that a group of internet terrorists are planning a “fire sale” which will destroy the basic foundation of the United States. Now it is up to John McClane to step up once again and be a thorn in the bad guy’s side.
I will start off by saying that if you haven’t seen this movie yet, watch the R rated version on DVD rather than the PG13 version on Blu-ray. The R rated version “feels” more like a Die Hard movie and isn’t cleaned up. Having said that, Live Free or Die Hard was the first Die Hard movie I was first of my favorite movie series to see in theaters. It is fun, entertaining and the stunt work is amazing. I love the scene where McClane drives the car into the helicopter and when he jumps onto the jet near the end. Just as the first movie helped all the actors rise to fame, Live Free or Die Hard helped showcase the talents of Timothy Olyphant as the terrorist hacker that McClane has to take down. I personally love the timing of the “Yippy Ky Yay” phrase and would watch it over and over when I had my job at Cinemark back in 2007. Appearing on my personal top 100 list, Live Free or Die Hard was a treat to someone who loved the first 3 films since he was young, but too young to see any in theaters. Get ready for a 5th installment soon! Co-starring Kevin Smith, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
10/10 Stars – After 12 years, this is a great return for McClane with a fun script and tons of action!
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