Director: Len Wiseman
Well I’ll be. With the resent assault of sequel crap being thrown at us this summer I certainly didn’t expect good to come out of the tired Die Hard franchise. Yet here I am recommending Live Free or Die Hard as the best blockbuster so far (*note Knocked Up was a fantastic film but not a blockbuster and Transformers comes out next week).
The original Die Hard set the bar for almost every action movie that followed. It was the classic everyman vs. the terrorists plot. It’s been a hard act to follow and few have done it well.
Like previous films Bruce plays the classic tired cop. Unlike the previous movies, he’s not an average Joe. He’s an indestructible killing machine and the action is ridiculously unrelenting, and over the top (think driving a car into a helicopter as a starting off point). The plot revolves around the old cop in a new world where computers run everything. Hackers have brought the country to a stand still and only an old fashion ass whoopin’ is going to set things straight.
No action movie is complete without the witty sidekick and Justin Long fills that aptly playing the one hacker who can lead the good guy to the bad guys. As for the villain, Timothy Olyphant isn’t the best, but the clean shaven star of the fantastic Deadwood series certainly holds his own.
If you don’t mind suspending disbelief and you like your action
borderline cartoonish: enjoy the show.