Secondly, I could give two craps close to the load-bearing characters in this movie. Im not referring to Justin Long. The mackintosh computer guy and Accepted star actually carries himself quite nicely here, generating terrific chemistry with Willis and zinging some nice one liners of his own (although I could have done without an awful picture in which he and Willis try to hot wire a car). No, Im referring to pretty much everyone else. The first motion picture worked like a charm because it had a barrage of colorful characters to compliment the magnetic Willis. Characters like Powell, Argyle, Ellis, FBI Agents Johnson and Johnson, Gaffer of Law Dwayne T. Robinson, noetic bad guy rope Hans Gruber, and revengeful henchman Karl. Whats more, all these characters were given real things to do. Live Free or Die Hard is populated by wearisome supporting players.
The terrorists are all boring and undistinguishable (hold open for a lively Maggie Q whos virtually cadaverous in a minuscule theatrical role), and even the characters who are on McClanes side (i.e. Drop Curtis Inspector Bowman) ar given aught interesting to do. I suppose Kevin Smith has a few bright moments as a skilled estimator hacker, and Mary Elizabeth I Winstead is somewhat appealing as McClanes tough daughter Lucy, but most of these supporting characters ar either stock or ostensibly unnecessary. What the pic really could have secondhand is Sightly Bedelia, an actress wHO brought a lot of class and motivation to the original film as McClanes married woman. For whatsoever reason, film director John McTiernan and his screenwriters chose to spell her out of the third flick, and as a resultant role, shes non in this one either.
Thirdly, the action sequences become progressively ridiculous as the plastic film moves along. Director Len Wiseman (world Health Organization met with hostile reaction from many fans when it was announced that he would be pickings over the directing reigns) is non to blame. And in fact, Wiseman directs these action sequences with high octane energy, and he does so the former fashioned way. He and his crew do non resort to CGI jiggery-pokery. They actually blow shucks up. The problem is, as real as near of this stuff looks, its simply far likewise cartoonish to be interpreted seriously. In particular, I had to laugh at the big jet sequence in the climax of the picture. It manages to build a like sequence in True Lies look positively subtle by comparison. During moments like this, John McClane seems more like a super hero than an senescence cop. What I always loved about this theatrical role is that he isnt Rambo or The Eradicator. Hes a regular hombre.
As for the very much talked about PG-13 rating? Its non that giving of a deal. Certainly, there are moments when Willis looks as if he desperately wants to drop an F bomb. Even the classic railway line folks make out to require from McClane is tampered with. As for the violence? Its still in tact, granted theres no blood when a graphic symbol gets shot. Furthermore, Im all only convinced that the film obtained the PG-13 because of the blatantly cartoonish nature of the military action sequences. At one point, a terrorist jumps from a helicopter a good fifty feet in the air. He lands atop a motorcar, rolls to the concrete, and lento but sure enough rises to his feet. He then dusts himself off, and walks away from the ordeal with hardly a scratch.
At the ending of the day, folks are going to realize Live Free or Die out Hard so they stool see John McClane kick ass, and hopefully watch a destiny of stuff blow up in the process. They dont tending about the absurdity of it all nor do they precaution that this film plays more like a feature version of 24 than a Die Hard picture. The days of everyman John McClane are oer. This McClane takes out the foe because he believes if he doesnt, no one else will. If that aint Jack Bauers mantra, then I dont know what is.
As I sat thither watching Live Free or Die Surd, I enjoyed myself, only somehow, I felt a nostalgic hungriness for the John McClane of yesteryear. A McClane who engaged in death defying acts of the Apostles that seemed possible rather than impossible. Still, this is a pure adrenalin thrill ride, and Thomas Willis proves hes still got it after nearly xX years of taking out the bad guy.