Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
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Didn't feel like the McLane I know and love, felt more like Bruce Willis or something...
Three sequels in, I've simply got to revise what I think is a proper Die Hard story, because none of them have fit the bill. Live Free or Die Hard is really a "24" movie, with a complicated terrorist attack perpetrated on Washington D.C. and the eastern seaboard. It's cyber-terrorism, which is kind of new, and the high-octane action is certainly watchable, I'll give it that. But it's crazy enough to fit a Transporter or Fast-Furious film; there's a scene that reminded me of True Lies, of all things. Is that really in the spirit of the original? I'm not sure John MacLane is that reluctant, vulnerable hero anymore. He's too much of a veteran by now for that. The role is technically filled by Justin Long as a tag-along hacker, who accounts himself fairly well, though he's no action man. The better sidekick is Mary Elizabeth Winstead as MacLane's daughter, but we don't see enough of her. It wasn't boring, but has also strayed too far from its original cast to get higher than third on my best Die Hards list.
Another cool sequel, nice action and fun. Liked it!
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