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Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard

4.5 27
Director: Len Wiseman

Cast: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant


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An old-fashioned cop emerges to foil a high-tech attack on the country's computer infrastructure as Bruce Willis brings back one of the biggest action franchises in screen history. It's been over a decade since audiences last saw New York cop John McClane (Willis), but now, as the world's greatest criminal mastermind (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to cripple the entire


An old-fashioned cop emerges to foil a high-tech attack on the country's computer infrastructure as Bruce Willis brings back one of the biggest action franchises in screen history. It's been over a decade since audiences last saw New York cop John McClane (Willis), but now, as the world's greatest criminal mastermind (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to cripple the entire country with an innovative act of technological terrorism, only one cop can insure that the integrity of the system stays intact. In this, the fourth installment of the long-running action series, Underworld director Len Wiseman picks up the torch formerly carried by directors John McTiernan and Renny Harlin to helm a script penned by Mark Bomback.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
John McClane is back in another installment of the Die Hard franchise -- or is he? That's the question that faces moviegoers upon seeing Live Free or Die Hard, a techno-talky popcorn popper that has enough explosions to wake the dead, but very little to do with the esteemed film series by the time all of the terrorists are toast. So what went wrong? Is it the rating controversy that saw the film released as a very un-Die Hard PG-13? That has a bit to do with it, though the main gripe is that this really isn't a film about John McClane. Sure, there are a lion's share of stunts and one-liners, but the crux of the story has little to do with the cop from South Jersey who virtually reinvented the modern-day movie hero. Sadly, he's made to play second fiddle to Justin Long -- a young, sarcastic hacker whose part in the plot ends up nearly as substantial as McClane. Thus the movie essentially boils down to the two characters squabbling in an annoying "culture clash" fashion as they race from one destination to another, with lots of Long typing away at a keyboard and McClane only in tow to beat up the bad guys when they show up. Sound fun? Then maybe this is the flick for you. One thing is for sure though, this ain't your daddy's Die Hard. To compare this sucker is to kill it. While it's never too easy to reboot an older franchise for modern audiences, Live Free does just enough to forget what came before it that it invites the critique. Bruce Willis has said that he despises the second film for giving too many nods to the original, but at least it acknowledged it. Here, the only thread of continuation has to do with McClane's family -- his estranged ex-wife and a daughter who gets annoyed by him, yet calls for daddy as soon as she gets stuck in an elevator! Does the government or the boring baddie (played with zero zest by Timothy Olyphant) even recognize that this is the same guy that thwarted three, count 'em, three terrorist attacks? No, not really. It's a point that thrusts the entire series into "lone wolf" territory, where McClane now has adventures that don't necessarily have to do anything that came before. As soon as this is understood, viewers can either tune out or just not give a hoot and enjoy the big pretty explosions. And to be sure, there are plenty of those. In fact, take away any Die Hard references and this becomes a fairly forgettable summer excursion. The action is nice and at points, over-the-top, but never once is it gripping, just as the humor balances between light and cranky, but with techno-babble that is far too verbose. Casting is another problem, with memorable faces standing in for air-filled characters that the screenwriters didn't bother to invest time into. Additionally, director Len Wiseman does an admirable job of forgetting his Matrix rip-off roots, though his bland blue-hued color schemes and geographically challenged action still has a ways to go to compete with a heavyweight like John McTiernan. In the end, when all the gun shells are collected and freeways fixed, it's pretty obvious that Live Free was half-heartedly tailored to fit the franchise's mold, which is really too bad, because John McClane deserved better...and so do audiences.

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[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Performance Credits
Bruce Willis John McClane
Justin Long Matt Farrell
Timothy Olyphant Thomas Gabriel
Cliff Curtis Bowman
Maggie Q Mai Linh
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Lucy McClane
Kevin Smith Warlock
Yancey Arias Agent Johnson
Christina Chang Taylor
Yorgo Constantine Russo
Andrew Friedman Casper
Sung Kang Raj
Matt O'Leary Clay
Cyril Raffaelli Rand
Jonathan Sadowski Trey
Chris Palermo Del
Zeljko Ivanek Molina
Jake McDorman Jim
Rosemary Knower Mrs. Kaludis
Gerald Downey Hoover Agent
Allen Maldonado Goatee
Jim Cantafio Deli Owner
Chris Ellis Scalvino
Regina McKee Redwing Nearby Agent
Tony Colitti Chief Hazmat Agent
Tim de Zarn Police Sergeant
Kurt David Anderson Miller
Nadine Ellis Teller
Ethan Flower Trader
Nick Jaine Phone Guy
Tim Russ Chuck Summer
Joe Gerety Jack Parry
Edward James Gage On Duty PP Operator
David Walrod Deli Customer
Edoardo Costa Emerson
John Reha Slacker Kid
Rick Cramer MP Rodriguez
Vito Pietanza DC Cop
Dennis Depew DC Cop
Howard Tyrone Ferguson DC Cop
John Lacy EMT
Diana Gettinger FBI Dispatcher
Melissa Knowles Freeway Reporter
Pete Anthony Conductor
Marco Beltrami Conductor

Technical Credits
Len Wiseman Director
Keith Adams Stunts
Robert Alonzo Stunts
Hank Amos Stunts
Matt Anderson Stunts
Chris Antonucci Stunts
Deborah Aquila Casting
Daniel Arrias Stunts
Dean Bailey Stunts
Ted Barba Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
John Becker Stunts
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Mark Bomback Original Story,Screenwriter
Joey Box Stunts
Nick Brandon Stunts
Joe Bucaro Stunts
Richard Burden Stunts
Dieter H. Busch Asst. Director
Damon Caro Stunts
Richard Cetrone Stunts
Mark Chadwick Stunts
James M. Churchman Stunts
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Tim Connolly Stunts
Scott Cosgrove Stunts
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Shawn Crowder Stunts
Clay Cullen Stunts
Chris Daniels Stunts
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Danny Downey Stunts
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Simon Duggan Cinematographer
Doc Duhame Stunts
Andy Dylan Stunts
Stephen Eads Co-producer
Jared Eddo Stunts
Kofi W. Elam Stunts
Zoltan Elek Makeup
Paul Eliopolus Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Peter Epstein Stunts
Tom Erickson Stunts
Dane Farwell Stunts
Jeremy Fitzgerald Stunts
Colin Follenweider Stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot Stunts
Kevin Foster Stunts
Michael Fottrell Executive Producer
Louie Franco Stunts
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Bryan Friday Stunts
Beat Frutiger Art Director
Mickey Giacomazzi Stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson Stunts
Mark Ginther Stunts
Jessika Graff Stunts
Sean Graham Stunts
Tad Griffith Stunts
Charles Grisham Stunts
Gary Guercio Stunts
Mike Gunther Stunts
Jeff Habberstad Stunts
Adam Hart Stunts
Jimmy Hart Stunts
Rosine "Ace" Hatem Stunts
James Hegedus Art Director
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Geoff Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Colin Hudson Camera Operator
Craigory Glen Hunter Stunts
Terry Jackson Stunts
Jason W. Jennings Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Jordan Stunts
Mike Justus Stunts
Rick Kain Stunts
Shawn Kautz Stunts
Dennis Keiffer Stunts
Ralf Koch Stunts
John Kurlander Sound Mixer
Ai-Ling Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Leonard Stunts
Brock Little Stunts
Jake Lombard Stunts
Billy Lucas Stunts
Colton Lucas-Smrz Stunts
Johnny Machleit Stunts
Mike Majesky Stunts
David Marconi Original Story
Johnny Martin Stunts
Mike Massa Stunts
Dennis McCarthy Stunts
Matt McColm Stunts
Tom McComas Stunts
John McTiernan Producer
John Meier Stunts
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects Supervisor
Billy Morts Stunts
Mike Mukatis Stunts
Stephen Neely Stunts
Carol Neilson-Smrz Stunts
Mike Neinardus Special Effects Supervisor
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Nielsen Stunts
Michael Owen Stunts
Allan Padelford Stunts
Carl Paoli Stunts
Michael Papajohn Stunts
Chad Parker Stunts
Peewee Piemonte Stunts
Denney Pierce Stunts
Anshuman Prasad Set Decoration/Design
Ming Qiu Stunts
Rex Reddick Stunts
Mark Riccardi Stunts
Arnold Rifkin Executive Producer
Larry Rippenkrogger Stunts
Scott Rogers Stunts
Michael Runyard Stunts
Todd Schneider Stunts
Myke Schwartz Stunts
Kevin Scott Stunts
Brandon Sebek Stunts
Marc Shaffer Stunts
Keith Shindoll Stunts
Gunter Simon Stunts
Lincoln Simonds Stunts
Brian Simpson Stunts
Gregg Smrz Stunts
Brian Smyj Stunts
J. Russell Solberg Stunts
Scott Sproule Stunts
Erik Stabenau Stunts
Chad Stahelski Stunts
Patrick Statham Stunts
Mark Stefanich Stunts
Lori Stilson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronn Surels Stunts
Patrick Tatopoulos Production Designer
R.C. Thompson Stunts
Jonathan Valera Stunts
Mark Vanselow Stunts
Sabine Varnes Stunts
Kim Washington Stunts
Peter Weireter Stunts
Michael Weis Stunts
Bryon Weiss Stunts
T.J. White Stunts
Lee Whittaker Stunts
Bruce Willis Producer
Stuart F. Wilson Stunts
Denise Wingate Costumes/Costume Designer
William Wisher Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Keith Woulard Stunts
Boni Yanagisawa Stunts
Merritt Yohnka Stunts

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Commentary by Bruce Willis, director Len Wiseman and editor Nicholas De Toth - Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy - Black Hat Intercept! game; Enhanced for D-Box motion control systems; Analog Hero in a Digital World Documentary on the making of Live Free or Die Hard; Yippee Ki Yay Motherf****** Bruce Willis/Kevin Smith interview - music video: "Die Hard" performed by Guyz Nite; Behind the scenes with Guyz Nite featurette; Theatrical trailer in high definition


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Live Free or Die Hard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Rob More than 1 year ago
While some of the latest action movie revivals have been hit or miss (Rocky Balboa vs. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Live Free or Die Hard does a good job keeping true to the series. At times over the top, the movie still entertaining. That's what you expect from this series. The plot was pretty good, never a dull moment. My only qualm is that the villain, Thomas Gabriel, couldn't compare to either Gruber brother.
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mrsmina More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is...who doesn't like Bruce Willis and all his Die Hard movies. I grew up watching these and love them to this day.
DianneRoq More than 1 year ago
Best action movie of 2008. Definately take the time out to watch the movie, it is worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best of the already great Die Hard franchise. I must have for Die Hard fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, this film features John McClane blowing up badguys and making quips, but never has the Die Hard franchise been so ridiculous and unrealistic. Sure, the past films dealt in inprobabilities, but everything that happens here is just completely impossible and makes the situations carry no weight because of it. Combined with easily the most sniveling, un-menacing villain of the franchise and a PG13 rating, you have a mediocre film that's all flash and no cojones. It works as a disposable action flick, but is nothing close to the first and third installments. Rent it and forget it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this film with low expectations. "Sorry Bruce" I must say I was pleasanly surprised! This film had me on the edge of my seat with the cool action sequences & I gasped out loud a few times! There was also some funny moments. This is a must for any action movie fan!! Way to go to all involved!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge action fan and after seeing this movie, my heart was pumping so fast that I thought I was part of it. This movie was very intense and did not slow down!
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