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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 27 June 2007 (USA)
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John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.

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Len Wiseman

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Mark Bomback (screenplay), Mark Bomback (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Timothy Olyphant ... Thomas Gabriel
Justin Long ... Matthew 'Matt' Farrell
Maggie Q ... Mai Linh
Cliff Curtis ... FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman
Jonathan Sadowski ... Trey
Andrew Friedman ... Casper
Kevin Smith ... Frederick 'Warlock' Kaludis
Yorgo Constantine ... Russo
Cyril Raffaelli ... Rand
Chris Palermo ... Del (as Christopher Palermo)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lucy Gennaro McClane
Sung Kang ... Raj
Zeljko Ivanek ... Agent Molina
Christina Chang ... Taylor
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Storyline

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Yippee Ki Yay Mo - John 6:27

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

27 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 4.0 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,369,559, 1 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$134,529,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,531,464
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

[first lines]
Mai Lihn: Well?
Clay: I'm sending you the code.
Mai Lihn: Yes, I see that. Thank you.
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The unrated DVD (also known as the Ultimate Action Edition in some territories) contains frequent use of strong profanity and stronger violence (bullet hits are more graphically seen with blood spraying out). Also, McClane's signature line is now heard in full, as the gunshot does not obscure the latter part of it. See more »

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America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward (as Samuel Ward)
Arranged by Dave Metzger
Performed by Jennifer Barnes
Produced by Edie Lehmann Boddicker (as Edie Lehmann-Boddicker) and Jim Schultz
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As a generic action flick it passes, as the Die Hard 4 it fails
1 July 2007 | by SozeTheKeyserSee all my reviews

The Die Hard dynasty is the definition of the heroic anti-hero. John McClane is a hero by accident. He is forced to be a hero, not because he is inclined to be one.

This is why I, and others, distinguish between Die Har 1&3 and Die Hard 2. And without telling to much, I now put number 4 in the series in the latter category.

I'll tell you why.... John McTiernan had the right take on it, and you see it in both the 1 and 3. He doesn't treat John McClane as a hero, he treats him as an ordinary guy, albeit a bad-ass type of ordinary guy. This is what makes Die Hard ultra cool. - Bruce Willis kicking ass and cracking jokes. If you hit him he falls over, bleeds, but gets up again, retaliates ending in fatality, and a snide remark.

Number 2 made him too much of a generic hero, and Live Free or Die Hard aka Die Hard 4.0 has a bit of the same problem. John McTiernan made a balanced gourmet (action)meal, in the proper serving size. 4.0 struggles with the same as you do, when you try to recreate the meal you just had. You liked it, so you make a double portion, and because you liked certain elements, you add extra of that. And the result of that is always the same, it's OK, but not as good as you had, because it's out of proportion and after gorging on it, you suddenly feel you've had too much, spoiling it all a bit.

Although John McClane in 4.0, is very vocally underlined as not being the heroes hero. The rest of the movie portrays him as such. Everything is a little bit extra, and little big bigger, and a bit more explosive. Sometimes you wonder if the director was thinking, "and then here it would be nice with another explosion, maybe John bleeding a bit more".

Live Free or Die Hard goes a long way with the template and the pedigree, but because of it's eager to give a little bit more of everything, it stops short of giving the same cool feel as the John McTiernans.

As an action flick though, it's exciting and keeps you entertained most of the time. It does get a little long towards the end, and some of the mushy elements, gets well... a little too mushy

All in all, it's worth seeing, and you should take a hide during the summer to do just that. Because Bruce Willis is good company. Even if you do miss the John McClane of the past millennium.


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