I just got home from the press screening for Live Free or Die Hard (aka Die Hard 4.0, which woulda, coulda and shoulda been the film’s official title). With any sequel, everyone immediately asks how it compares to the previous films in the series. There really is no way to review a fourth film in a series on solid ground because you walk into it with hours (in this case six hours) of expectations. We go to a movie like this expecting to relive our cinematic, pop-culture childhood. Unfortunately it’s a promise which is almost never fulfilled. And you might be saying, “Why doesn’t he cut to the chase” or “just spit it out and tell us that you hated the movie!” But the truth is that I had a GREAT time. The problem is that I feel like I shouldn’t have. I now watch movies with a more critical eye. Hey, it’s become my job. That said, the stunts and action are non-stop but may-be too over-the-top for some, and the story is filled with gaps of logic. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention these two things. For some of you it might be a deal-breaker, but I have a feeling that most of you are probably like me, and are willing to sit back and enjoy the movie.
The full length theatrical trailer for Live Free or Die Hard is now online. Am I the only one who still prefers the original (now international) title, Die Hard 4.0?
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20th Century Fox has sent us some new photos from Live Free or Die Hard.
The fourth film in the Die Hard series follows police detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son (Justin Long) vs. an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States. Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kevin Smith also star.
As always, click the poster to the left for a high res version.
Live Free or Die Hard hits theaters on June 29th in the States.
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Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
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