Live Free or Die Hard
by Tony Medley
When you go see Bruce
Willis in a Die Hard movie, you know what youíre going to get, an
indestructible hero, John McClane (Willis), who is going to get the
bejesus kicked out of him, will escape from innumerable impossible
situations, will always have a smile and wisecrack when things look
darkest, and will prevail in the end.
Thatís what you get here as
Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) is the fiendish psychopath taking over the
computers that control all the services in the eastern U.S., shutting
down traffic and power and causing pandemonium. McClane picks up Justin
Long (Matt Farrell), a scruffy computer geek whom Gabriel is trying to
kill. As you would guess, the fate of the United States rests on the
shoulders of McClane and Long.
What follows is an
enjoyable 129-minute adventure full of action and stunts and fun. Lots
of people get killed by lots of bad guys. McClane gets bloodied. His
beautiful daughter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), gets kidnapped.
Everything goes from bad to worse. But McClane keeps coming...and
I had a great time.