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Live Free or Die Hard


Hey, if Sly Stallone can get away with Rocky and Rambo sequels at 60-plus years of age, Bruce Willis can sure as heck make one more Die Hard at 52. One wonders if these guys will ever realize they're too aged to keep making physically demanding films. Maybe it'll be when the bad guys from their films stop showing up to ruin the day. So far, no such luck.

NYPD vet John McClane (Willis) is back, and to further his reputation as the right guy in the wrong place at the wrong time, while picking up a hacker wanted for questioning, McClane's sucked into the middle of a countrywide computer network attack by a former government computer security guru. True to the format of the former three Die Hard films, McClane picks up an unwanted sidekick, this time played by Mac computers commercial star Justin Long. Long's been fine-tuning the art of playing a lovable geek for years with films like DodgeBall, Accepted and Galaxy Quest.

Len Wiseman (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution) is the third director to helm one of the four Die Hards, and while his action background provides plenty of frenetic action shots and explosions, a touch of the snarkiness and fun of McClane has melted away. There are, however, a couple of brilliant references to the prior films.

McClane's still a stereotypical renegade cop, and you just know he's going to save the day despite overwhelming odds, but if you're a fan of the franchise, you probably shouldn't miss this one.