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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

July 8th, 2007 by Maxim · 3 Comments · 6,713 Views


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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)Seen it on July 7th, 2007.It may be the worst of Die Hard movies, but ironically, what makes the movie entertaining is all the ways the filmmakers are trying to insult my intelligence. Well, that may be an overstatement. Let’s just say, “all the unbelievable ways they are trying to kill the Bruce Willis’s character”. I wanted to ad an adjective like “unimaginable”, but I can imagine quite a bit. The special effects in F25 scene, for example, were way overdone.

Bruce, as in previous movies, emits his one-liners after he kills each of the bad guys (”Psychopathic Ninja bitch!” etc.). Reminded me of Austin Powers, only with shaved head and New York accent. It was funny in the beginning, but then I was wondering what’s his one-liner going to be when he kills next bad guy?

“Warlock’s Command Center”? He he.

I liked that it seemed like Bruce actually enjoyed making this movie.

I constantly felt presence of the filming crew in every frame. The actors must have been tired of rehearsing the action scenes and keeping intense looks on their faces. They must have been having a laugh (and alcohol) after every shot.

The story was so unbelievable – something script writers must have crammed on the storyboard during lunch breaks while working on something else. Italian snipers, hot kung fu chicks from the far east, French monkey boys, fighter jets flying between freeway interchanges while discharging thousands of 102mm rounds at a truck that just kept going etc, the huge big-screen computers the go beep-boop-blip-blip. And once again, Bruce (oh, I mean, John McClane) almost falls into the elevator shaft.

Again, it was entertaining in a weird way, but it looked more like a spoof of previous Die Hard movies to me, mostly because I kept feeling the presense of the filming crew in every shot - a kind of “mass production/conveyer belt” feeling. Still it’s better to be seen in the movie theatre rather that at home because the audience gets pumped up.

Movie Trivia:

“Die Hard” came out in Russian under a title “A Nut Hard To Crack”.

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Rated 3/5 on Jul 8 2007
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  • 1 Maxim // Aug 22, 2007 at 9:37 pm

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    Just finished watching the 2nd “Die Hard” on AMC channel. The one-liners weren’t effective in this one. The original “Die Hard” was a silly piece of entertainment and it’s all downhill from there… “Simon says, ‘cheesy movie’”. Now gonna watch “Black Dog” again.

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