Live Free or Die Hard (2007) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Thank God for John McClane. That’s right I said it. Where would our great country be, if John McClane was not there to save it time and again? I’ll tell you where — right in the shitter. In “Die Hard,” he outwitted an international thief holding people in the Nakatomi Plaza hostage. In “Die Hard 2,” he outwits a bunch of terrorists threatening our airways. Then, in “Die Hard: With a Vengeance,” he outwits another international thief hell bent on blowing up New York. Like I said, we’d be waist deep in shit if it weren’t for him. So when the latest criminal mastermind arrives on the scene in Live Free or Die Hard who else would you want to protect us, Superman?

Bruce Willis reprises the role of John McClane — the one that made him an action star and household name. He’s much older and even more jaded than before. His wife has left him and his daughter hates him. You can also tell he’s tired of the day to day grind of being a senior detective too. So what better way is there to liven up a doldrums day than to get thrown into dealing with a catastrophic event? You see, the government has just been hit with a Firesale. For those that don’t know what that is (don’t worry, I didn’t know either), it is a 3-pronged attack on the infrastructure of a country. First, you take out transportation; next, disrupt the economy (in this case Wall St.) and lastly take down the major utilities (power and water). Lucky McClane finds himself in the middle of the chaos.

Live Free or Die Hard starts off like its predecessors — McClane having a personal crisis. It’s a good way for us to get reacquainted with him; after all it’s been 12 years since we’ve seen him. Shortly after his spat with his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Death Proof”), he’s told to go pick up Matt Farrell (Justin Long, “Accepted”) a computer hacker dork who is wanted by the FBI. The fireworks begin shortly thereafter. That’s because Farrell isn’t only wanted by the feds, he’s a major liability for the person who contracted him. That man Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant, “Catch and Release”) wants him dead in a big way. So big in fact, that he’ll destroy everything and anything related to Farrell with all he’s got access to (he’s got a lot). Unfortunately for Gabriel, Farrell is in the care of Mr. McClane and as we all know he is hard as hell to kill.

He survives some ridiculously crazy attempts too. There is a commando filled helicopter, an F-18, car wrecks, some wicked hand-to-hand battles and of course, gunfire galore. Yeah, most of it is unbelievable, but so what — Live Free or Die Hard is so much fun. And it’s not necessarily the action that makes it so enjoyable (although it is a good help), it’s Bruce Willis. He’s likable. He’s bald. He doesn’t possess Brad Pitt looks. He’s so . . . ordinary. Individuals like this are easy to root for. And he portrays the reluctant hero so well. He makes me think that I can perform under immense pressure in the same manner as he does. Plus his witty one liners are cool as shit.

If I had to write a single line to capture what Live Free or Die Hard is, it would be the clichéd, “This movie is an action packed thrill ride.” It really is. It does not have the charisma the original movie had, but it is without a doubt one of the best action movie released in the past few years. Its downfall is it’s been released at the wrong time. Sandwiching it between that little Disney/Pixar flick “Ratatouille” and some super hyped robot movie (what’s it called again?) ensures it won’t receive as much fanfare as it deserves. Someone should be flogged like that albino from “The Da Vinci Code” for that because this movie should be seen.

Critical Movie Critic Rating:
5 Star Rating: Fantastic


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The Critical Movie Critics

I'm an old, miserable fart set in his ways. Some of the things that bring a smile to my face are (in no particular order): Teenage back acne, the rain on my face, long walks on the beach and redneck women named Francis. Oh yeah, I like to watch and criticize movies.

'Movie Review: Live Free or Die Hard (2007)' have 6 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 6, 2007 @ 10:45 am Aayush

    I just saw this movie..John McClane never seemed to get hurt..jumping out of trucks cars and stuff ! The terrorist guy also jumped outside the chopper when a car hit it ! he simply stood up and walked away ! haha ! amazing !

  2. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 6, 2007 @ 10:54 am Nashtradomus

    I can’t help but wonder when you say these lines ..”He’s likable. He’s bald. He doesn’t possess Brad Pitt looks. He’s so . . . ordinary. Individuals like this are easy to root for” that if you are bodering being narcissistic.

    And oh by the way, I don’t think anyone should be flogged for releasing this movie in the company of Ratatouille and Transformers. I happen to see Transformers and I feel Die Hard 4.0 could have held off by itself if it had the right “stuff”.

  3. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 6, 2007 @ 12:08 pm General Disdain

    I can’t help but wonder when you say these lines ..”He’s likable. He’s bald. He doesn’t possess Brad Pitt looks. He’s so . . . ordinary. Individuals like this are easy to root for” that if you are bodering being narcissistic.

    While I am bald and don’t possess Brad Pitt looks (close though), my observation wasn’t meant to be narcistic. John McClane is an ordinary guy and you ALWAYS cheer for people like that to succeed. I think there is a commandment about it.

  4. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 6, 2007 @ 6:22 pm Nashtradomus

    Who cares if John McClane was ordinary or not so ordinary. Either way, it wasn’t about his looks that was of concern, I almost felt you were talking about yourself in-retrospect.

    How come no one wants to talk about Maggie Q. I thought the fight scene between her and John McClane was one of the highlights of the movie. Also, i’m truly dissappointed at the makers for making this a PG-13, with no cussing involved.

    Yippe Kay Yay Mother F’er!

  5. The Critical Movie Critics

    November 6, 2007 @ 1:35 pm Atomic Popcorn

    Not that I recall the 1st movies BUT this movie is a MUST see – Willis is back in rare form for John McClane action.

    Loved it.

  6. The Critical Movie Critics

    November 15, 2007 @ 12:04 am Sirius Lee

    Bruce Willis still has what it takes to carry a movie. Now that he’s proven that a “has-been” like him can still generate serious moolah at the box office, look for the next installments of “Rambo” and the “Terminator”. God help us all!

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