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Live Free or Die Hard
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
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Kiddie Movie: Keep it at least 10 and above.
Date Movie: If she likes action flicks.
Gratuitous Sex: Lucy gets felt up, but she doesn't really want it.
Gratuitous Violence: In keeping with PG-13 you don't really see the kill-shot, but you know it's there.
Action: It's a "Die Hard" film. Duh.
Laughs: Tons and tons of them.
Memorable Scene: I did really enjoy John and Matt in the basement of Warlock (Kevin Smith at his best).
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Produced By: Michael Fottrell

Live Free or Die Hard
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:08 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
One of my favoritist action movies of all time is "Die Hard." Another of my favorite action movies is "Die Hard 2." I have never seen "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" so I can’t comment about its place in my action movie list, but when I saw the initial trailers for "Live Free or Die Hard" I was a little worried, wondering if it could even come close to the original, or even #2. And when I heard it was going to be rated PG-13, well, I really became nervous, but then I remembered something about PG-13 – You can kill a ton of people as long as you really don’t show the final killing of a ton of people, and you can have action all you want. What you can’t have is quality nudity, and forget about saying the line "Yippie Kay-Ay motherfucker!", (I forgot you can get away with one "fuck" but that "mother" portion is always a deal-breaker I’m told), but you can still say "shit" a lot. In the end I didn’t miss the f-bombs as much as I thought I might, and the "Die Hard" franchise was never about nudity, so I didn’t miss that as well. And before I tell you how this one ranks in my "Die Hard" list, here’s a quick snippet of the story…

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is an older but not so gentler detective now, mostly worried about the well-being of his daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), keeping her away from dudes who only want to get in her pants. We quickly find that they have a true love-hate relationship. Matt Farrell (Justin Long) is a computer hacker who unknowingly gives a piece of hacker code to the smoking hot Mai Lihn (Maggie Q), who is working for Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) who is looking to cripple the United States via computers. When there is a breach of the FBI’s computer system the feds look to round up the top 1000 hackers to question them, and low and behold John is asked to pick up Matt. John is at Matt’s pad, men start trying to kill Matt, and John gets Matt out alive, while taking out most of the team of bad guys.

Now good old Gabriel starts his plan in action, first crippling the transportation grid around the country, then the financial stuff, and all hell is breaking loose as the bad guys overtake the TV airwaves, alerting the nation that more bad stuff is coming. This is all fine and swell except we know John McClane is still out there, and this time actually needing the computer nerd in Matt, and true to "Die Hard" form he has one official dude, this time an FBI guy, who he finds he can trust.

And so a "Die Hard" movie plays out where the bad guys are doing the damndest to kill McClane and Farrell, Gabriel and the rest of his bad guys have a way over-the-top plan to, of course, make a lot of dough while reeking havoc on others, or in this case the entire United States, and someone in the McClane family will be in peril, this time it’s Lucy’s turn.

Story aside is the movie any good? Hell yea. I loved most of it, with only one scene that was too over-the-top, even for me. The story feeds into our need yet fear of computers, you get two hours of pretty much non-stop action, and even though Thomas Gabriel wasn’t nearly as good a villain (Mai Lihn should have been the mastermind – would have worked just a tad better I think), there’s tons of gunfire, chasing, cars flying, and just as important, John McClane’s verbal arsenal of whit and wisdom has never been better.

Pretty much if you go into this film expecting a "Die Hard" movie and not a crappy sequel, you will get what you pay for. Dropping it down to PG-13 didn’t really ruin much, hell, you even get some feeling up of Lucy, and a well-placed gun-shot sound lets enough of John McClane’s now infamous "Yippie Kay-Ay motherfucker!" to be said. The folks in the theater I saw the movie at seemed to really enjoy it, and I would almost give it 5 stars out of 5 except as much as I was able to buy all of the other action in the movie, even I couldn’t get past the "way-to-over-the-top"ness of the jet fighter shooting at the semi John was driving scene. With that "Live Free or Die Hard" is a solid 4 ½ stars out of 5, leaving it, for me, right between "Die Hard" and Die Hard 2." There is probably no doubt that this will be a movie that when I come across it on cable, well, I’m stuck there for the duration.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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