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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 27 June 2007 (USA)
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John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.

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Len Wiseman

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Mark Bomback (screenplay), Mark Bomback (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... John McClane
Timothy Olyphant ... Thomas Gabriel
Justin Long ... Matthew 'Matt' Farrell
Maggie Q ... Mai Linh
Cliff Curtis ... FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman
Jonathan Sadowski ... Trey
Andrew Friedman ... Casper
Kevin Smith ... Frederick 'Warlock' Kaludis
Yorgo Constantine ... Russo
Cyril Raffaelli ... Rand
Chris Palermo ... Del (as Christopher Palermo)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lucy Gennaro McClane
Sung Kang ... Raj
Zeljko Ivanek ... Agent Molina
Christina Chang ... Taylor
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Storyline

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

27 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 4.0 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,369,559, 1 July 2007

Gross USA:

$134,529,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,156,011
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| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital EX | DTS | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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[first lines]
Mai Lihn: Well?
Clay: I'm sending you the code.
Mai Lihn: Yes, I see that. Thank you.
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The unrated DVD (also known as the Ultimate Action Edition in some territories) contains frequent use of strong profanity and stronger violence (bullet hits are more graphically seen with blood spraying out). Also, McClane's signature line is now heard in full, as the gunshot does not obscure the latter part of it. See more »

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America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward (as Samuel Ward)
Arranged by Dave Metzger
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Produced by Edie Lehmann Boddicker (as Edie Lehmann-Boddicker) and Jim Schultz
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Good Old-Fashioned Shattered Glass Action Flick
6 July 2007 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

"Live Free or Die Hard" is quite a refreshing piece of entertainment this summer in the wake of so many effects-driven computer simulated action/fantasy films. With its silly title, smart-alleck lead character (Bruce Willis as Bruce Willis doing John McClane), and loads of old fashioned stunts involving cars, SUV's, elevator shafts, big rigs, helicopters, fighter jets, and collapsing highway bridges, this flick is a great piece of shattered-glass entertainment--a throwback to the late 1980's and early 1990's when movies like the original "Die Hard" changed the face of movie action.

There is some frustration to be had when you start to realize how much they toned down to achieve the friendly PG-13 rating. There's far less profanity flying, and while the body count is astronomically high (the collateral damage in this film in terms of human life and damaged property is tres magnifique), there's little blood and guts to be found. Still, die hard "Die Hard" action fans should rest assured knowing there will be plenty of funny one-liners, hot chicks (a wonderful Maggie Q as the bad-ass female villain and the scorchingly feisty and cute Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy McClane), super smart bad guys (a very good Timothy Olyphant), and jaw-dropping death-defying stunts.

Director Len Wiseman orchestrates the complicated stunts very well like a masterful puppeteer, which is a shock considering how god-awful his "Underworld" films were. The hand-to-hand human match-ups still bear some of his annoying hallmarks, but he's learned how to blow things up really well and has learned a thing or two about scope and editing in big action set-pieces. The excellent pacing and preposterousness of the stunts (especially the climax involving the fighter jet and the big rig) certainly put a smile on my face.

There's a whole lot of computer hacking related mumbo-jumbo involved in the story, and there's a lot of downtime for male bonding and "explanation" of the finer plot points that slows the film down some but is actually nice to see in a world now ruled by Michael Bay-style non-stop action. Plenty dumb, plenty thrilling, and plenty of fun, "Live Free or Die Hard" is a pleasant surprise considering how unnecessary this sequel seemed from conception.


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