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Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

June. 20,2007
| Action Thriller

John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure.


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One of my all time favorites.


Good concept, poorly executed.


I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.


The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.


Fab first half and then all of sudden there's a Truck vs Fighter Jet scene that is so beyond ridiculous that I wanted to put my fist through the TV screen! How Bruce Willis miraculously survives that is anybody's guess. Only thing that let an otherwise very cool movie down!

Artur Machado

The fourth film of this saga is full of action from beginning to end without stopping, with very fast editing and transitions (which has already become the norm in action films) and shaky camera instead of smother shots (a tendency that already begins to irritate), the performances are nothing special and the villain does not convey the threat of the predecessors, while the argument is totally unrealistic (I write this in 2017 - 10 years after the movie - and there is yet to happen a cyber terrorist attack on such a scale) and John McClane (Bruce Willis) looks more like an indestructible superhero with superpowers because he survives situations even more impossible to survive than in the previous films. As if all the action was not too stupid and unrealistic enough already, the way he kills the villain beats all the records of stupidity that has anytime been seen in film or reality. Good action movie to entertain, but easily forgettable compared to the decent predecessors. And I give 3/10 and not less just in recognition of the enormous work that must have cost to make this movie.


Bruce Willis (and the Die Hard franchise he perpetuated) will always be judged next to the other famous action franchises of the 1980s, such as "Rocky", "Rambo", & "The Terminator". While all those series got re-booted in the 2000s, they also contained a heavy dose of nostalgia for the past. In "Live Free or Die Hard", however, it is "full steam ahead" with little time for remembrance.For a basic plot summary, "Live Free" sees John McClane (Willis) pulled into another tense criminal situation when villain Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Oliphant) executes an event of cyber- terrorism severe enough to bring Washington to its knees. Along with "hack-boy" Matt Farrell (Justin Long), McClane sets out to find the perpetrators and bring them some 1980s-style justice.This film really works primarily due to airtight direction & pacing. Director Len Wiseman never lets the pace flag whatsoever. When the action dies down, the wisecracks & humor ramps up. Suffice it to say that there is never a boring moment what with all the action, chases, explosions, technology, & typical Willis humor.The main plot ("cyber-terrorism") also serves to usher McClane into the 21st century. McClane's old-school justice provides a nice counterpoint to the tech-nerd played by Long (who is actually, on a rare occasion, watchable in this effort).Actually, the only negative thing I can say about this movie is that I almost wished it would have harkened back to the themes of the original even perhaps a bit more. There is a subplot involving the daughter of McClane, but little more is mentioned (besides a few "easter egg moments") regarding the original Die Hard trilogy.Overall, though, "Live Free" is a great addition to the Die Hard cannon (already better than parts two & three). For an action-oriented film, it really holds its weight.


Yes, he is definitely back. This was undoubtedly one of the best action movies I have ever watched. Intense plot and heaps of quality action (I won't count fighter jet action amidst a maze of bridges in a civilian crowded city). Bruce Willis pulls off a great performance. Timothy Olyphant is not a bad villain either. I am amazed why some people think this ruined DH franchise. It's 2007 people, come on now. If you are craving Matrix, then this is not the one. But, trust me you will be highly entertained with non-stop action. Cinematography scores very high on this unlike so many action movies. If you are an action movie buff, this is a MUST watch! Yeah, Yippee-ki-yay-moth3rfvck3r.