Our favorite NYPD cop is back. John McClane may age, but still he’s a badass that doesn’t let anything stand in his way, not even Maggie Q kicking his ass. McClane (played once again by Bruce Willis) is given an easy job. Pick up a kid and take him to the precinct. However, he’s a computer hacker and he’s played by Justin Long. Oh, grand. Of course, it’s John and he’s going to have a bad day. This time, he’s taking on cyber terrorists that are getting the info from the hackers and then killing them in the process. It’s old school vs cyber-terrorism. Do you really think John wants computers to beat him? Hell no!
Writer Mark Bomback is able to transition McClane into the modern age and keep the rugged exterior intact. Bruce Willis shaved his head, stayed strong, and spewed his one-liners easier than ever. Even though he’s in his 50’s, he still knows how to blow away baddies like he’s in Grand Theft Auto. Director Len Wiseman must have been a big fan of Die Hard’s director John McTiernan. He choreographs the action sequences with a mixture of old school action and the everything but the kitchen sink philosophy of today’s action. Trust me, when you see McClane drive a police car into a helicopter, you will know we are in a Die Hard movie after he says “I ran out of bullets” Thank you, John.
Timothy Olyphant plays Thomas Gabriel, a man that would scare Bill Gates out of Microsoft. He finds ways to create cyber terrorism across America in one day. Mayhem ensues and he stays cool until McClane begins to thwart his delicate plans. Let the games begin. He plays a destructive game of chess with McClane and each of their moves are tense. However, taking his daughter was probably not the smartest thing to do. Olyphant is a modern day ass kicker, instead of using his words; he uses his desktop and hacking skills to take command of something like a… harrier jet to battle McClane. I got chills.
I ran out of bullets. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
I like Justin Long but in this film, but he really started getting annoying. To a point, I was begging for McClane to leave him in the country but alas, he needed him to do the hacking while he did the ass kicking. Oh, there is one tiny problem that needs to be said. IT WAS PG-13! Why would 20th Century Fox take a classic franchise like this and try to tame John McClane? “If they asked if Wolverines made good house pets, would you believe them?” (John Candy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) It’s not possible. They even tried to mess with his catchphrase. Could his day get any worst?
Hmm, I should have thought this through. She’s a McClane.
This is a damn good Die Hard film. It has everything. Spectacular action sequences, McClane one liners that are close to the original, a cool as ice villain played by Justified’s Timothy Olyphant, and a well-written plot. Even though it has its flaws and a PG-13 rating. Live Free or Die Hard is worth a few rounds and don’t be skimpy with the foam. Yippie-Ki-Yay, Mother (shot). Damn, I tried to say it. Glad I have the unrated version.
Take a Drink: every time McClane uses one of his one-liners
Shotgun a Beer: when McClane something uses other than his gun to take out a baddie
Take a Drink: every time Gabriel uses a cellphone or headset to get his mission done
Do a Shot: every time Justin Long tries to use witty one-liners to one up McClane.