Movie Review – Die Hard 4.0

Die Hard 4.0


The secret to watching and enjoying action movies is to suspend disbelief and leave the logical part of your brain at the door. Just sit back, strap yourself in, and go along for the ride.

There will be weak plots. There will be villains that can’t shoot. There will be over-the-top stunts. There will be corny jokes. But if you can put all that out of your mind, there is often nothing more entertaining than a big budget action film.

Die Hard 4.0 sees the return of Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) to the big screen for the first time since 1995. This time he takes on a group of cyber-terrorists determined to bring America to its knees via the systematic shut down of its computer systems.

McClane receives a call to bring in hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long), a suspect in some preliminary breaches of the FBI’s network. It soon becomes apparent that Farrell is being hunted by the real baddies, led by the slimy Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), with McClane required to direct his attention towards protecting Farrell while hunting down the baddies.

Gabriel kidnaps McClane’s daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), which of course makes things very personal for McClane.

Willis can play McClane in his sleep, bringing just the right touches of humour, determination and emotion to the role. There are a few ironic references to previous versions of the franchise, and plenty of wry one-liners. The plot rolls along briskly, without too much attention to detail or believability. The stunts are great though as expected way overblown. Long and Winstead are believable in their roles, and Olyphant does his best in a fairly stereotypical villain’s role.

If action movies are your thing, you won’t be disappointed with Die Hard 4.0.

My rating = 3 1/2 stars


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