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Live Free or Die Hard

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Bruce Willis, Live Free or Die Hard
Frank Masi

Live Free or Die Hard

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
128 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/27/07
performer:
Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant
director:
Len Wiseman
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Mark Bomback
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

We fell in love with John McClane because he was a regular Joe barely coping with irregular situations. His humanity kept us invested. But here, in film No. 4, Live Free or Die Hard, Bruce Willis’ successful bid to reignite the Die Hard franchise, McClane is superhuman — diving from speeding cars and riding bareback atop a jet with nothing but a limp to show for it, all in his pursuit of an anarchic tech maniac (Timothy Olyphant). Sure, the action is there — as detailed in a solid making-of doc and director Len Wiseman’s commentary on the two-disc edition. It’s the heart that’s missing. B