Die Hard 4.0

20th Century Fox

Mark Haddon

'It is a truth universally acknowledged that the original Die Hard was one of the greatest action movies of the 80s, so it's no surprise that Len Wiseman's Die Hard 4.0 doesn't cut it as an heir to the throne. Or should that be sweaty vest?'

Laura Bushell, BBC Film Reviews



I have only seen Die Hard 1 and 2, and only once or twice.  So, when they announced the realease of the newest Die Hard offering I wasn't that excited.  In fact I was quite amused by the fact that they had resurrected the films after twenty years and the fact that they called it 'Die Hard 4.0' instead of just "Die Hard 4".  However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this film.  It was really really good!

Every film with Bruce Willis in it, no matter how gritty the plot, always has his saying some wonderful comic one liners and 'Die Hard 4.0' is no exception. John McClane is back and this time he is dragged into an act of ciber terrorism.  Along with Matt Farrell (played by Justin Long who is better known for his roles in comedies such as 'Dodge Ball') they embark on a mission to stop the terrorist from carrying out the 'fire cell', a three staged attack to take down the transport, communication and utilites which keep a country up and running.

The action in film is as dramtic and over the top as one could expect for such a film.  To bring the film up to date there is also a small display of martial arts from Mai Lihn (played by Maggie Q), the girlfriend of lead terrorist Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant).  Of course, she meets a less than comfortable end when she kicks McClane around one time too many.  To make a change from the normal action film, the villains this time are home grown Americans, and there is a nice twist in Gabriel's past which makes him even more of a threat to the country.

There isn't much more to say about this film really; it is what it is.  Provided you can cope with a little bit of violence and blood, you'll definitely appreciated the comedy side of 'Die Hard 4.0', the cool special effects and of course, the cool technological theme.




Reviewed on 15/07/2007 by Angela


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