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Die Hard 4.0 (DVD)
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Die Hard 4.0 (DVD)
Advantages: Grabs your attention
Disadvantages: Keeps you from doing other things whilst watching
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!
Summary: John McClane's still got it!