Live Free or Die Hard

Still an all-American bloodhound after all these years, Bruce Willis’s Det. John McClane begins Live Free or Die Hard sniffing around a Rutgers-Camden parking lot and busting the frat boy who’s been trying to cop a feel off his daughter, Lucy. Oh, Dad! Since much of the ol’ action hero’s aging core audience is presumably tied down these days, the main duty this time (not least for studio Fox) is to serve and protect the kids. Can we say "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker" and still get a PG-13? Of course there’s a terrorist scheme in the fourth Die Hard, something about a spurned patriot’s warped bid to expose the weakness of our hackable homeland security. But the real intrigue has to do with whether McClane — "a Timex watch in a digital age," per the lead baddie (Timothy Olyphant) — can log in to 2007. At least he’s blessed to have youth in tow; his new partner is a twentyish one-man Geek Squad. McClane mans the old reliables — pistol, CB radio, various motor vehicles, and what’s left of his wit(s) — while the kid (Justin Long) remains exclusively in charge of code-breaking, which means he’s often seen at a keyboard flipping his bangs and typing really fast. Would you believe these two don’t get along at first? Maybe McClane, in ’80s action parlance, is too old for this shit.

Credits

Director:

  • Len Wiseman

Cast:

  • Bruce Willis
  • Justin Long
  • Maggie Q
  • Yancey Arias
  • Yorgo Constantine
  • Timothy Olyphant
  • Chris Palermo
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Jeffrey Wright

Writers:

  • Mark Bomback
  • David Marconi

Producers:

  • John McTiernan
  • Arnold Rifkin
  • Bruce Willis

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