Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #337 Live Free or Die Hard

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Movie #337 Live Free or Die Hard

(2007, US, d. Len Wiseman)

For some reason, this is one of those movies that is just more than the sum of its parts. Every element on its own seems outdated, way too cliche for its own good, or even uninspired, but as a whole Die Hard 4 makes a surprisingly valid point in in age where action films come and go without really making a mark in anyone’s book. Die Hard 4 has a strange but huge asset in its outdated star. To see an old guy do the things he does in this movie is completely ridiculous but at the same time, the film makes the point that there is room for a more classic hero in the modern world ruled by technology, computers, and hackers. It’s a film that makes you marvel at the magic of Hollywood blockbuster storytelling (a scene in which a car brings down a helicopter after it was redirected by a fire hydrant water spray comes to mind). It’s a film that is so unapologetic in its visuals it almost seems pointless to try and critique it. It’s a film that is meant for the audience to sit back and enjoy. But the theme surprisingly rings true. For a series as thematically grounded as the Die Hard series (I mean that seriously), it was a nice reminder to see that some writers still can hold true to a little heart. Another nice reminder in this film is that not all bad guys have to Middle Eastern. In an era dominated by 24, all audience members are used to seeing are Arab baddies. They get rid of that here, too and it makes a surprisingly nice addition.

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  1. […] Movie #337 Live Free or Die Hard (via The MAD Challenge) Movie #337 Live Free or Die Hard (2007, US, d. Len Wiseman) For some reason, this is one of those movies that is just more than the sum of its parts. Every element on its own seems outdated, way too cliche for its own good, or even uninspired, but as a whole Die Hard 4 makes a surprisingly valid point in in age where action films come and go without really making a mark in anyone's book. Die Hard 4 has a strange but huge asset in its outdated sta … Read More […]

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