Film Watch – 326. Die Hard 4.0

die-hard-4Fast Facts

Title: Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free or Die Hard)
Director: Len Wiseman
Year: 2007
Run time: 2hrs 8m

Background Info

We’ve been steadily working our way through the Die Hard franchise to make ourselves ready for the new one, but hit a bit of a mental block with this fourth installment. Several people had said it wasn’t very good, and we weren’t expecting much at all, eventually giving in and knowing we had to get through it.

Live Blog

1:18 – Mr C says: “He can’t be hacking, he’s a Mac.”
2:55 – Got excited by the video wall about two seconds before it all went blank. Boo.
4:38 – Uh oh, teenage daughter alert.
9:30 – I’m never going to press the delete key again.
15:36 – This is an explosive start!
23:59 – Wow, what an awesomely evil way to cause chaos. Although people should really also be looking when they drive.
25:34 – “It’s a little thing we did back in the 50s called jogging… you’re going to love it.”
30:39 – I wonder if the Presidents have said all the words over the course of their speeches.
35:57 – Armageddon reference!
44:54 – I didn’t see that coming, jeez, what carnage.
52:30 – Loving their massive double-length truck.
55:40 – “Wrote one little piece of code and the world falls apart.”
1:00:49 – Why bother pretending to be FBI if you’re just going to shoot everyone?
1:12:27 – All went a bit Speed there for a minute. Lift shaft,
1:24:28 – Love the clashing of cultures between old skool Bruce and hacker dump truck.1:27:44 – 1-800-Henchmen.
1:32:19 – She’s quite awesome. Definitely a McLane, whatever she says.
1:40:49 – How lucky to have the exact hacker that wrote the door-lock program! Still, it’s about time they had some luck.
1:42:59 – Second Armageddon mention.
1:46:48 – “I know that tone, it’s just weird hearing it come from someone with hair.”
1:53:11 – I can’t believe an F35 would shoot with civilians about like that.
1:56:58 – He got the rage just then, but it wasn’t very good rage. I’ve seen better.
2:02:42 – “Not that one.”

Conclusions

About halfway through, I turned to Mr C and said: “Well, I don’t know, if it carries on like this, it seems okay. Not as good as the others, but functional enough as a Die Hard movie.”

The trouble is, it didn’t carry on like that. The ending suffered from “helicopter in the channel tunnel” syndrome, to the point where we just wanted those scenes over with. Everything with the fighter pilot was awful.

But, up until that point, and after that point, I quite liked it. Just like in the third film, the partnership between the mismatched main two was great, I thought the daughter aspect to the story was well handled and not annoying like most of these situations can be. The ending let it down, but I didn’t come away from the film with too bad a taste in my mouth, whereas I really had been expecting the worst.

Rating: 3/5

2 comments

  1. Mr C

    The ending suffered from “helicopter in the channel tunnel” syndrome

    same fx people were involved in both scenes, probably not coincidentally 🙂

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  2. elephino

    No idea about #4, but I know #3 was written as a normal movie which was then shoved into the Die Hard franchise (by changing the main character’s name to John McLane, and a few other bits). This is why 1 and 2 are brilliant and then it goes downhill from there… (How can it be Die Hard if it’s not Christmas?

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