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Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Len Wiseman / Actors: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... / DVD released 20 November, 2007 at 20th Century Fox / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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      16.01.2012 21:03
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      an all round great film, even without the swearing

      I have been a life long fan of not only the die hard series but Bruce's work in general. The original Die Hard was the very first "grown up" movie i ever saw, watching it with my old man when i was 7 is one of my fondest memories, hence the reason i was so pleased with this one. After the other two sequals and some some of the not so great action flicks Bruce has made, this truley was a breath of fresh air. I guess it really is just a matter of opinion i knw plenty of people who complain that this is a weak movie and i can see their point, looking at it from their perspective, they're serious "Lethal Weapon" fans, another series i enjoy but it has caused a few lively rows down the pub over which is best. Now, Back to my point, there are three versions on the market at the moment, one is rated 12 and the other two are rated 15. Now my point is this, all three versions are very good, but, look at the original and look at whats missing in two of the three versions, no swearing. Im not very PC, which may be my perspective, but john maclane needs a few Eff's thrown in now and then. Hence the reason i recommend you to look for the "Harder Cut" nothing is cut out the original foul mothed banter is all intact. The issue i have with the 12 rated version, there is nothing, even the yippie ki yay is muffled, the 15 rated version has nothing but the yippie ki yay and the "Harder Cut" has the Effing lot.

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      18.05.2010 17:42
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      A great comeback for one of the best action franchises in cinema.

      After 12 years since the last outing of John McClane, it was hard to imagine Bruce Willis in his fifties making a come back successfully with a character that had all but disappeared from cinema. However, for a few years a script known as WW3.com had been floating around, and was finally bought up and retitled as a Die Hard film. Bruce Willis was to make a comeback as John McClane, and this time the film would focus on the idea of a huge cyber attack on the USA that could bring it to its knees.

      Several hackers in the US all upload a particular package, and one by one they are killed. That's the start of the film.

      John McClane is a man who is nearing retirement nowadays. He's not really given much work, as such, and often finds himself being given the worst assignments. He also has to contend with the fact that his daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winestead) is at university but refuses to talk to him.

      One evening, after hitting a guy who was hitting on his daughter, John receives a call that he is to pick up a hacker who is in danger of being killed and take him to Washington. The hacker's name is Matt (Justin Long), and like the dead hackers, he uploaded a hacker package. By luck, he has not pressed the button that will kill him. And at that moment, John McClane turns up to take him away.

      Within seconds though, they are both under attack from free running villains armed with guns. John and Matt are in a fight for their lives, and are just able to escape. They are then on the way to Washington.

      Meanwhile in Washington, there is a huge attack on the computer systems. Immediately, Miguel Bowman (Cliff Curtis), who works at the FBI starts and investigation.

      McClane and Matt arrive at the moment when the hack begins, and are right in the middle of all the accidents as the traffic system collapses. Then they are attacked again, and McClane realizes that Matt must somehow be involved, and may be able to help before whoever is doing the hack forces the country to go bankrupt.

      So McClane and Matt soon start to trace the man responsible, using all the action they possibly can, leading to an always over the top, yet thrilling Die Hard finale.

      This is a decent sequel to be fair, and shows that even after 12 years since the last film, Die Hard and John McClane still had their pull to the cinema. It also has a very refreshed plot, even if it's done in an over-the-top manner. The idea of a cyber attack is one that is very believable at times, and shows just how everything could fall apart.

      The cast is good, but not great. Bruce Willis is kind of left to hold to together at times. He has good enough support from Justin Long, but the villain is a little tame and Timothy Olyphant never really gets it together.

      However, the action thankfully makes up for it all. There are some first rate action scenes in this, even if they are a little over the top. The power station scene is brilliant, and certainly the final climax is only something that John McClane could be involved in.

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      04.03.2010 01:36
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      John McClane's most recent outing....

      Bruce Willis returns in perhaps his most famous ever role as Detective John McClane for this fourth installment in the ever popular and long-awaited Die Hard series. This time around, several years have passed. John is now seperated from his estranged wife and is struggling to let his college daughter live her life without his interference. This is a much more bitter John McClane than we have seen in the previous episodes and yet, the years seem to have been relatively kind to our long suffering hero who still maintains the dry, unsubtle humour that have made him such a hit in all the preceeding movies!

      This time around, McClane is given a baby-sitting job that involves escorting a computer hacker to the main offices of the FBI who have been having potentially serious software problems with their computer systems. But someone is wiping out hackers and it just so turns out that McClane's passenger is next on the list. Before long, McClane is fighting off bad guys packing some fairly sophisticated hardware and it quickly becomes apparent that what should have been a simple task is about to get more complicated....

      An elite cabal, lead by Timothy Olliphant, are threatening to take out all of America's computer infrastructure and only McClane's passenger has any hoe of stopping them. But first of all they have to reach the FBI!!!

      As action-packed as any of the previous films, Die Hard 4.0 was a big hit for me when it was recently featured on T.V; only becoming silly towards the end with a few scenes that began to stretch all credibility (Those who have seen this will recall a certain sequence with a fighter jet) ~ though one stunt very early on, that regulary features in the promotions of this film, was also a bit unbelievable despite being very impressive!

      Hopefully this is set to be the last movie in the series because it seems unlikely that they will be able to to this performance and the concept is slowly beginning to feel a little tired now. That said, if you want to check reality at the door and enjoy 123 minutes of fun, car chases, violence and plenty of action, then this truly is the film for you! It really is better on the whole than you might have imagined.....

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      22.02.2010 12:32
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      Another good Die Hard film

      A group of internet hackers are being paid to upload programs by the same woman but none of them are aware of what they've really been doing. Before long, the hackers are being killed off one by one, which sparks the attention of the FBI. John McClane is ordered to collect Matthew Farrell, the only hacker that isn't dead yet, and drive him to Washington so that he can be questioned in regards to some computer system melt downs. Before beginning their trip, McClane saves Matt from assassins that were sent to kill him.

      When they get to Washington, they realise that something terrible is happening and it is in connection to what Matt is being questioned about. FBI director, Miguel Bowman doesn't want to hear Matt's ideas because he is just a hacker. Matt thinks that someone is conducting a 'fire sale', taking down the country's computer systems, a bit at a time. At the same time, the assassins are still after Matt, making it clear that he knows more than he should do. It's all down to Matt and McClane to save America.

      Cast
      Bruce Willis as John McClane
      Justin Long as Matthew "Matt" Farrell
      Timothy Olyphant as Thomas Gabriel.
      Maggie Q as Mai Linh
      Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy Gennero-McClane
      Cliff Curtis as Miguel Bowman, FBI Deputy Director
      Kevin Smith as Frederick "Warlock" Kaludis
      Zeljko Ivanek as Agent Molina, Bowman's assistant and friend

      My Opinion
      I watched this while I was living in Canada so I watched it as 'Live free or die hard'. I'd seen the previous films in the series but that was quite a while ago so I couldn't really remember much about the other films. I'm a huge fan of Justin Long so when my boyfriend put this on, I didn't mind too much.

      Bruce Willis is a fantastic action film hero but now being 55 (52 when the film was released), I was wondering if he still had it in him and I'm glad to say that he does. It was great to see him play a 'has been' and a technophobe. The scenes where he had no clue what he was doing or what was happening were really funny. Willis also managed to pull off to action scenes really well and doesn't come across as past it at any point in the film.

      Justin Long was everything that I expected him to be. He's a complete computer newd and when McClane expects him to play action man, he's a bit put out. He certainly hasn't ever held a gun and he doesn't fight so this causes a lot of banter between the two because they are the opposite of each other. I loved how geeky he was and that made him thoroughly entertaining.

      A lot of the time, action films are all about the fights and explosions etc but I found that Die Hard 4.0 had an interesting story at the same time. I guess some amazing hacker somewhere could really pull off a fire sale and that is a scary thought. The way the film showed the break down of the country seemed real enough to me and that was why I loved the plot. The action scenes were also outstanding, if not a bit over the top at times, but what else would you expect from a Die Hard film?

      Great action film with good comedy at times.

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        17.02.2010 20:54
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        John McClane's still got it!

        I'd heard bad things about Die Hard 4.0 so I actually recorded this onto my Sky+ planner in about October, maybe earlier and just hadn't got round to watching it. This week, I was running low on my 'half-watch' programmes (the ones that I watch when I'm doing something else, rather than programmes on which I focus all my attention), so I decided to give Die Hard 4.0 a go. After all, if it was as rubbish as I'd heard it was, it wouldn't need all of my attention, would it?

        Die Hard 4.0 is the third sequel to the original Die Hard film and it follows the usual format. John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) is in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this film, the wrong place turns out to be a place he's been sent to. The police call in a favour and ask McClane to pick up a computer hacker they want to question. So off John goes to bring him in. Unfortunately, the police are not the only one who want this hacker and it all goes mad. The hacker has unwittingly been a part of a larger plan to bring down America through the computer networks. And the people running the larger plan want him dead.

        Of course, John McClane makes it out of there alive, with the hacker Matthew Farrell (played by Justin Long, who was the teenage boy in Jeepers Creepers. He seems to play the same character here, wearing the same clothes and with the same hairstyle. So similar, in fact, that I kept expecting to see his eyes missing) and they make their way back to the police HQ. Before they get there, the 'larger plan' comes into play. The first act is to mess with the traffic lights, causing chaos, then to sound the alarms to evacuate government buildings, including the Stock Exchange. They then send out a message on all the TV channels, warning that this is only the beginning. The way that they do it is cool, using only clips of US presidents to get their message across.The hacker quickly realises that this is a 'Fire Sale', which has three steps. Step 1: Take out the transportation. Step 2: Target the financial base and all telecoms. Step 3: Get rid of the utilities. Basically, everything run by computers is taken out. It's an attack on the national infrastructure and that's why it's called a Fire Sale - everything must go. Can John McClane stop it?

        It might seem that I've given away a lot of the plot, but everything's so fast-paced that the above is only the start of the film and what might be in the blurb on the back of the dvd case. The rest of the film follows suit. It's very fast and the action moves extremely quickly. In fact, there's always enough in the film to keep my whole attention, which isn't easy, as I have a very short attention span!

        It's predictable yet original. You know the general route that the film is going to take yet you're constantly surprised along the way. The CGI effects are amazing! They also find highly innovative ways for people to die or get injured and there are a lot of funny lines. One, when John McClane says that today is 'Another day in paradise' struck me as inspired.

        The acting is slightly unbelievable, especially at first, before you've been sucked into the story, but there's always Bruce Willis to look at. I only like him in the Die Hard films, which is perhaps similar to me not liking Keifer Sutherland but liking Jack Bauer. Maybe that says more about me! And the hacker Matthew (Justin Long) isn't that bad either. He's actually quite cute, in a Moomin sort of way.

        But in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this film and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the first three. It's on a par with the first one, which I totally didn't expect and I wish I'd watched it sooner. Give it a go - you might be surprised!

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          08.02.2010 15:03
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          A Die Hard film that doesn't feel like a Die Hard film

          Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in another Die Hard film that fails to live up to expectations.

          The plot centres around a vengeful computer hacker who wants to completely shut down America, defense system by defense system, starting with hacking into the FBI mainframe.

          This movie has a generic action film feel to it. It doesn't feel like a Die Hard movie at all. Perhaps that annoying actor, Justin Long, who has a co-starring role alongside Bruce and is, again, annoying, as I found him to be in Jeepers Creepers, probably had something to do with it!

          That and the fact that the villains in the previous films tended to appear quite intimidating and protected but here, Timothy Olyphant just doesn't have the look of a villain who could match up to McClane.

          I think the countless numbers of teenagers in our reality who appear as "wannabe hackers" contribute to this as, everytime I see a film featuring a computer hacker, I just think they are complete nerds as they are in real life, who are afraid to come face to face, man to man in real life, away from their keyboards.

          That's how I felt about the main villain in this film. He wasn't tough, he was terrorising people behind the protection of his screen, keyboard and webcam(!)

          The action pieces, though, are very good but this movie, out of the four, is the most over the top. There needs to be a balance of believability and fantasy and the three previous films had this but this one crosses that line.

          Still, if you turn your brain off, you may enjoy this film.

          The famous "yippeekiyaa mother...." well you know what I mean. It's here but is not said out loud, instead it is disguised behind a gunshot at the same time.

          The certification is only 15 here so the blood and violence is quite light.

          Overall, this is a forgettable action romp that doesn't feel like it belongs in the Die Hard collection.

          In my opinion, Bruce Willis tried to use his cash cow franchise and come back with it like Stallone has but this one didn't live up to what we have come to expect.

          Miss it.

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          31.01.2010 22:37
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          its an action film thats fun to watch

          Die hard , a crowning achievment in action films and giving bruce willis his houehold name for being a fast-paced explosion seeking hero. However , die hard was a long time ago and after 3 films many felt that his work was done and the die hard series had died out after increasingly deteriorating scripts and repetitiveness.
          2007 saw the return of john mclane , albeit a little less hair and a few more wrinkles but still a bullet magnet. With a lot of hype sorrounding his return and a host of pre-release reviews saying it was to the standard of the first i was intrigued to see wether the old man still had it in him.

          ===Storyline===
          Die hard 4's storyline is the bog-standard , one man wants to take over the world , via america of course. The slick terrorists aim to launch a computer based attack on america on ... Did you guess... no other than independence day , shutting down all major ammenities and crippling the public.
          When john mclane is sent to pick up a computer hacker he soon realises something is wrong when a group of mercanaries packed with guns tries to kill him and the man he collects, after reaching washington and seeing that the fbi has no care for mclane , he takes it in his own hands to kill those who threaten him and his country, how patriotic.
          Now , im guessing if you want to watch die hard your not in it for the plot twists , your , like me , in it for the big explosions and excitement. Thankefully the film makers know what we want and give it by the bucketload, topping the higlights are mclane blowing up a helicopter with a car and a fighter jet with a truck. All the while doing the "cool guys dont look at explosions" walk whilst the flames grow behind him. As well as packing in some humour along the way the story is relatively exciting.

          ===Acting===
          The acting in this film is solid , no one shows up as being truly out of place or wooden.
          Bruce willis carrys on with his same abilities from the previous die hards , he doesn't really have to exert himself as long as he looks hard and speaks a little quieter than he should.
          Justin long appears in this film as matt farrell, a computer hacker who is saved by john. Looking at justins previous backlog including dodgeball and herbie , i didnt put much hope in his abilities for a action film , the answer is he, like everything in this film , is acceptable. He plays a winey , computer guy who will reel off a load of computer knowledge whilst bruce willis looks cool and thats about it.
          Timothy olyphant plays Thomas gabriel , the leader of the terrorist group , he gradually gets more annoyed of mclane and he puts the frustration across very well , again the acting is limited to him only needing to get more annoyed by mclane and so doesn't take much work.

          ===DVD features===
          The dvd features the usual commentry , deleted scenes , gag reel, behind the scenes and die hard featurette.

          ===Overall===
          Its a acceptable action film which is enjoyable to watch , just dont expect a oscar winning performance and enjoy the ride. If you like action films you will enjoy this.

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            05.01.2010 17:14
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            Not a film for me at all.

            John McClane returns in the fourth of the Die Hard series and although I haven't actually seen the others (apart from the Agent Johnson / Agent Johnson scene in the first film which I've seen quite a bit) I think this follows in the same vein.

            This is an action film. There is a lot of action, a lot of shooting, a lot of chasing, a lot of falling through windows / from great heights etc and walking away with a few scratches. What there is not a lot of is plot.

            The basic story is that hackers have got into America's computer systems and start to cause chaos, taking over tv, transport systems, phone systems and causing power supplies to fail. John McClane in the midst of arguing with his estranged daughter is called to collect a known hacker and transport him to Washington in case he can help with the investigation and this is when the shooting starts. The rest of the story you can probably guess so I won't say anymore about it.

            It was easy enough to watch and the actors did a decent job of bringing some credibility to the characters but there was far too much action in it for me, it was completely predictable and I got bored. I like to finish what I start but 1 hour and 50 minutes into the film promised myself that if the film hadn't finished by 2 hours I would just turn it off. Luckily on my rental version it did finish at 1 hour and 58 minutes.

            If you like lots of action, chasing and characters ridiculously walking away from situations that would blatantly kill or cripple them then you'll probably enjoy this. If you don't then you won't. The only question left really is why did I watch it in the first place?

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            30.12.2009 20:25
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            A brilliant film well worth watching

            Die Hard 4.0
            Running Time: 123 Minutes
            Certificate: 15

            -The Plot-
            A new breed of terrorists for John McClane (Bruce Willis) to combat, The terrorists plan to bring down the entire American infrastructure over a period of three days for the independence day weekend. To start small things like traffic light systems start to fail, causing mayhem on the streets however this quickly progresses to more serious things such as banking systems. McClane is assigned to bring in a New Jersey computer hacker Matt Farrell (Played by Justin Long) Upon reaching Matt's apartment the pair are attacked by hit-men from the terrorist organisation and it is soon discovered other hackers with Matt's abilities have been killed. After government attempts to resolve the issue are unsuccessful. It is up to the unlikely pair, McClane the no nonsense cop and Farrell the computer hacker to save the day.
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            This story although slightly out there in terms of reality works within this situation an intense and well crafted action film. Perfectly made with Bruce Willis showing he is one of the kings of the genre. Packed with real stunts and wonderful special effects this film has a bit of everything. The film is well acted showing a range of emotions and situations. A stand out performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (playing Lucy McClane)

            The DVD is packed with special features including:
            A Film Commentary by Bruce Willis, Len Wiseman (Director) and Nicholas De Toth (Editor)
            I am not a fan of commentaries so have not listened to this, but with the group there I would imagine it would be an informative listen to.

            A deleted and extended scenes section. This is well worth watching and shows some good scenes which would have been good for the film.

            A Gag Reel - A hilarious set of clips which shows a different side to the filming process

            Featurette: Die Hard by Guyz Nite - A good watch, not a must see but worth watching for those fans who want to.

            Featurette: Behind the Scenes with Guyz Nite - An intriguing look at the behind the scenes action at the filming of this film worth watching.
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            Overall this film is well worth watching and gives a needed update to this series of films. It probably will not become a classic like its predecessors however I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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            02.12.2009 00:14
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            Looking forward to number 5

            DIE HARD 4.0

            Die Hard 4.0 is, as the name suggests, the fourth in the successful Die Hard series of films that star Bruce Willis as classic 'hard-bitten cop on the edge' John McLean.

            This time, he's back, and he's even more grumpy than usual: Now, on top of everything else, he has got middle age to contend with. Divorced from his wife, estranged from his children, he is tired, disillusioned and heading for retirement. This character is now heading towards being reminiscent of Sergeant Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon series - but only until Brucie is called upon to leap into action. Then he's back to his bald, bad old self.....

            Attending a seemingly normal call-out one night to arrest a lone computer hacker, Matt Farell (played by Justin Long) the events soon snowball into something massive: The geeky lad at the centre of it all has got himself involved in something that he doesn't understand and is totally out his depth. It falls to John McLean to take him under his wing and look after him, saving his life.

            The dialogue is snappy throughout, with the usual Die Hard wisecracks providing light relief from the unrelenting action and violence.

            The plot revolves around a group of super-hackers who aim to bring down the country. There is a three-way liaison between this group, McLean and Farrell, and the FBI.

            After this, it is action all the way - there are a couple of fantastic set-pieces where Willis achieved the near-impossible, and then he shows his softer side when the gang hold his daughter to ransom. The director is Len Wiseman, best known for his other action adventures in the Underworld series.

            It's all a bit predictable but it is great fun and very entertaining for a couple of hours - 128 minutes to be precise.

            Overall verdict: Switch off the questioning bits in your brain and enjoy it!

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            15.11.2009 11:50
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            A good return to form for John McClane.

            It's been 12 years since veteran cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) stood in the line of fire, now a detective, McClane prefers the quiet life however when cyber terrorists emerge he's the first on the scene. John is asked to pick up a suspect, Matt Farrel (Justin Long) a young man with extensive hacking knowledge that is about to unwittingly set off explosives meant to kill him before John picks him up.

            With his knowledge of hacking, Farrel informs the F.B.I that he predicts a fire sale attack will take place soon, where terrorists will take control over everything in the country that is controlled by computers which these days is practically everything. McClane and Farrel set off to stop terrorist Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) and his girlfriend Mai Linh (Maggie Q) before they take control over the entire United States and when Gabriel and Linh discover the whereabouts of McClane's daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), this day become a lot more personal for John McClane...

            12 years since Die Hard With A Vengeance was released it was looking less and less likely that we'd ever see John McClane in his dirty vest again, but alas as 2007 came we were greeted with the news that John McClane was set to grace our screens once more as the smart talking, grumpy cop who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

            I was highly sceptical about whether Die Hard 4.0, otherwise known as Live Free Or Die Hard would be capable of living up to the hype and of course carrying on the excellent reputation that the previous Die Hard trilogy had carved out over the years. When revamps such as Terminator 3 failed to make much of an impact on audiences it was becoming a very real prospect that Die Hard 4.0 would follow suit and be met with very negative reviews. However in true McClane style, Die Hard 4.0 emerged fighting and although it didn't achieve the success and glittering reviews that the previous films did, I have to say that Die Hard 4.0 was better than I expected it to be.

            Bruce Willis is back on top form, playing his best known and best loved character John McClane. McClane is once again in the wrong place at the wrong time which is what brings him into these ominous situations, that's partly why we love McClane because he doesn't go out looking for trouble, trouble seems to find him and it seems that the ageing cop now just wants an easy life and who can't emphasise with that? McClane isn't as witty as he once was, which could be done purposely to make McClane seem worn out and more mature, of course on the other hand it could just be laziness on the writers side. At one point they use a gag synonymous with the first Die Hard film where John is mocking what one of his wife's colleagues said to him about coming to the Christmas party and having a good laugh. This dry wit is what made the world fall in love with McClane and this dry sarcastic wit was ever present in the two films that followed however it seems that now they're running out of gags for John therefore they're forced to recycle old gags that unfortunately don't garner the same affect as they managed 20 years ago.

            Although the Die Hard films came to prominence in the late 80's, fortunately the writers have written a believable story for this day an age and they manage to play a lot on peoples paranoia. In this day an age you're unlikely to come across something that isn't controlled by computers therefore there's a very real possibility that in the future someone could try to overtake the computers and use them to their advantage. This is exactly what Die Hard 4.0 does and I have to say it does it pretty well. I personally don't feel that the story flows as well as the previous Die Hard films; this film doesn't have you grip like the others (especially the first one) did. The story doesn't gel like the previous ones did and although I was enjoying this film it just didn't seem like a Die Hard film in my eyes. If this was any old action film it would be a great success but with the massive reputation of being some of the greatest action movies of all time, Die Hard 4.0 had a lot to live up to and I'm afraid it doesn't quite manage it.

            Justin Long is a nice inclusion in the film and he fits into his character very well, managing to effectively and believably pull of the computer nerd. He's well known for appearing in comedy films such He's Just Not That Into You and Dodgeball so it was nice to see him branch out into something different and he manages to infuse his comedy experience into the film nicely. John McClane always seems to acquire a partner and in all the films to date he's managed to form an alliance with an unlikely partner. Justin Long's character is the exact opposite from John McClane; McClane is very old fashioned and a real technophobe whereas Matt knows exactly what he's doing. Together Matt is the brains and McClane is the brawn and they make a very good, yet unlikely pairing.

            It was a clever idea to bring McClane's daughter into the proceedings; in the first two films it became personal for John when his wife was in danger and as she sadly isn't in the franchise anymore they needed a female counterpart for John to save, this of course being his oldest daughter Lucy. I'm afraid that her inclusion just isn't strong enough and although it pulls on the heartstrings at times, they're just not a convincing enough pair that John and his wife Holly were, I was really hoping they'd bring her back because they were a great couple.

            The action is frantic all the way through, luckily things begin quickly and from then on we're met with one over the top stunt after another. This makes the film very exciting though and for non stop action I feel that this surpasses Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With A Vengeance. All the relentless action keeps you entertained throughout and it definitely makes up for the relatively weak storyline. This just proves that classic action films can be remade successfully so take note Arnie!

            The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.

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              11.11.2009 09:58
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              Kept my interest with a new slant on an existing formula

              I have to admit I liked all the previous Die Hard films and I have to say I like this one as well. It's wothwhile value for money if anything with action sequences aplenty. Perhaps the odd cliche appears but it's still a good movie.

              PLOT

              The storyline seems to have a lot in common with the third installment as the heroes of the film try to work out what the evil master plot is and move around east coast of America trying to locate the villain. I don't want to give too much away but it is quite convincing even if it is done in a grand scale, but hey that's Hollywood. The drive of the film makes large use of the new information technologies available and their manipulation, this provides the main premise for most of what happens. This DVD was based on a 1997 article "A Farewell to Arms" written for Wired magazine by John Carlin.

              To summarise what happens without giving too much away, McClane is protecting a computer hacker who inadvertently got involved in some high grade espionage. The two then set about putting things right in a large ransom and robbery caper of the electronic kind. I liked both the action sequences, of which there a few big ones, and the hacker narrative. I would recommend this flick on those aspects alone as they give a different slant on the formula of this franchise. I enjoyed it for these reasons mainly. The suspense doesn't really bite in my view and maybe the action is a bit far fetched. I will say this much, the picture gets off a great explosive start with some nice nuances of the older Die Hards but becomes kind of tired towards the middle and end.


              CHARACTERS

              In my opinion the characters aren't the best realised and even McClane seems to show some weariness in this release. Bruce Willis does a good enough job but I felt it wasn't the same gung ho wise cracking McClane of the first film. All the other parts seem stereotypical, these include the hackers, the FBI goons, the villians and McClane's "damsel in distress" daughter. The acting isn't outstanding but passes muster.


              DIALOGUE

              I didn't think much of the story telling in this case, there were times I wondered what or why things were happening as if lacked a bit of clarity. The dialogue seemed to set up the next action sequence and there wasn't a "Yippee ki-ay" moment. Maybe John McC has matured.


              CONCLUSION

              Despite some of the criticisms I have picked out, in my honest opinion this is still a better than average film, and I think the whole is better than the sum of its parts (no pun intended). It's definitely worth seeing and isn't the end of the franchise by any means.

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                04.10.2009 11:53

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                A must buy for the action enthusiast, you will not be bored, i know i wasent

                Die hard 4. I personally enjoyed this movie very much. A little different from the previous 3, but certainly packed in the tremendous action and dialogue of the previous three movies. This time about a computer hacker creating a fire storm, taking over the American infrastructure and national grid. This works well in my opinion. Its follows through with a breathtaking plot and Bruce Willis plays the character John McClain very well. The action is very fast paced, break taking and not a moment goes by without seeing amazing stunts and well put together scenes. This considerably fits with the other 3 to make a worth while buy trilogy plus one. The dialogue is excellent, the characters play there part well and not a slow moment in the film. it's a thriller and action movie in one, its chaos and fun in one, and it's a watch over and over again without getting bored. Its certainly a movie for an all time might with the boys and popcorn. Highly enjoyable, my recommendation.

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                29.09.2009 18:48
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                There;s life in the old horse yet

                Die hard 4.0 Is the fouth film in the Die hard series starring bruce Wilis as the hesitant hero John mclane. Directed by len Wiseman the story follows Mclane as he and Computer Geek Justin long must battle cyber terrorist throwing america in turmiol by crashing its infrastructure.

                As outragous as the plot sounds its one hell of a romp and a perfect ending to the die hard series.

                Mclane in notably older and is noted in the series, with no head of hair he may look diffrent but is the same Mclane we all know and love. He has accepted his failed marraige and even accepts his role of hero saying who else is going to do it.

                This time its a personal mission as his daughter last seen in the first movie is kidnapped and he does everything to stop the bad guys.

                Justin long as his sidekick for this film is a great character forming an unlikely chemistry with Mclane eventually leading them to respect eachother.

                The films action scenes are big and bold and better some of the previous films but seem a little to staged in this. The villian is Timothy olympant who unfortunatly isnt strong enough to match a die hard villian but gives his best sinister performance.

                More modern themes run throughout the film and brings the franchise into a more young audience but the film still feels like a die hard film

                A great addition and presumably ending to the series

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                  Worth getting for £3.98

                  Last night me and my gf watched Die Hard 4.0 Live free or die hard so I figured I should review it.

                  ==== Plot ====

                  Die Hard 4.0 sees the the return of Detective John McClane a New York police officer in another epic battle to save the USA from disaster. In this installment the USA is put under threat when a cyber terrorist threatens to send them back to the stone age. John McClane is sent to find a computer hacker who has unwittingly helped the cyber terroists. Can John and his new companion savve the USA in time or will evil win out?


                  ==== Acting ====

                  Overall I think the film is acted out rather well, the characters are genuine and not too unrealistic, Willis' McClane is as he always was, a diamond in the rough.

                  ==== Cinematography ====

                  Overall I thought the film was captured rather well, the budget for this film was $110,000,000 and it shows, there are a lot of expensive fight scenes and explosions that you would expect to come with all die hard films ( and at a cost to the film's budget!) the viewer is never kept in the same place too long which keeps their mind focussed so they do not drift.

                  ==== Bad points ====

                  I found some of the events that happened in the film to be a tad unrealistic, some of these things probably wouldn't have happened and if they had then it should not have been displayed in such a relaxed manner (when McClane crashes a car into a helicopter for example). I also found there wasn't really that much connection between this film and Die Hard 3, if you had replaced McClane with a different "good guy" this film would have been pretty much the same.


                  ==== Overall ====

                  Overall for the price that it is available for on DVD ( £3.98 from Amazon) I think this is a bargain and all collectors should have it so that their Die Hard collection is complete. It is a good enough watch that it isn't dull but doesn't really feel like a proper die-hard film should.

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                  When a criminal plot is in place to take down the entire computer and technological structure that supports the economy of the United States (and the world), it's up to a decidedly old school hero, police detective John McClane (Willis), to take down the conspiracy, aided by a young hacker (Long). John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes on an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States.