7.03.2007

Live Free of Die Hard

I think the best thing that I can say for this movie, is that I immediately want to turn around and see it again. It was classic John McClane, lots of explosions, Bruce Willis getting the crap kicked out of him, and bad guys that really should have gotten away with it. This one is particularly scary because rather than being based on a book, or novel, it's based on an article that was published in Wired Magazine. Basically, the terrorists in this film, rather than attacking people and specific places and blowing things up, they've figured out how to shut down the entire country. In the film, they call it a Fire Sail (I think). It's scary to think about because it's completely possible. One of the things I loved about this movie is that the stuff they reveal in the trailer is at the beginning of the movie. For example, the helicopter thing is about 45 minutes in, rather than at the very end, like in so many trailers. There's a part in the trailer with a fire extinguisher, and that's in the first 10 minutes. It's very unusual for a trailer to get it's good stuff from the beginning of a movie rather than the end. There's a lot of good bits throughout the movie, it's definitely a worthwhile watch. Bruce Willis is always good, but Justin Long is the surprise, because he totally holds his own as a smart-ass computer geek with knowledge that just confuses McClane. Rather than submitting to the will of a dominating personality, Matt Farrell (Long's character), rises to the challenge. Plus, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Lucy, McClane's daughter, and you get to see what someone would be like growing up with him for a father. It's really surprising in the character development.

Yippie-kay-yay, mother-f....

1 comment:

Paul A Rose, Jr. said...

Loved Justin Long - and the premise still kills me - computer terrorists are going to shut down the network and the world is saved by John McClane and... Mac. I also loved Kevin Smith, practically playing himself as the stereotypical geek in his mom's basement...