Monday, December 10, 2007

Live Free Or Die Hard

We’re given so many choices each day- paper or plastic, regular or decaf, widescreen or full. With the release of Live Free or Die Hard on DVD, you get the option of rated or unrated. I made my choice last night to go with the unrated.

All I can say is, “DAMN”.

What a freaking ride that was.

Bruce Willis is back again as John McClane, for the fourth time. Not only is Bruce old enough to be a grandfather, but he can still pull off the indestructible John McClane with style. Thanks Bruce for giving younger guys like me inspiration.

This one doesn't waste any time in bringing in the action. Just the roll of the credits, a brief argument between John and his daughter, and then, BAM! The fun begins.

There's much tension in this episode. While the previous episode dealt with a threat to the city of New York, Live Free or Die Hard deals with a national threat. Apparently, some computer hackers are threatening to literally shut down the country and cause all hell to break loose. And McClane, doing what he does best, indirectly gets involved and is now responsible for saving the day. What a guy!

As with every Die Hard film, there’s always something new to be learned. Here are a few from this release:

- How to use a fire hydrant to knock a guy out of a helicopter who’s shooting at you
- How to launch a car in the air to blow up a helicopter
- How to survive in a tunnel when a car is flipping in the air about to crush you
- And how to survive being shot at by a military fighter jet on the highway

You never know when those lessons may come in handy.

I never thought I'd live to see the day where Kevin Smith (a.k.a. Silent Bob from Clerks) stars in a Die Hard film. His cameo is hilarious as he plays a cyber-geek named Warlock whose services are needed to help save the country.

As much as this is a great action flick, I believe it says something to where we place our security. And what happens when what seemed so secure (technology) is taken over by the wrong people? As much as technology advances and we rely on it for our daily lives, it also gives a glimpse of how that can all change in a split second.

One of the benefits of having the special edition DVD is all the extra features. And one feature that stood out the most to me was the interview between Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis. It was funny and informational as they chatted about how Bruce really felt about the other Die Hard films, and a lot of other info regarding Live Free or Die Hard.

Live Free or Die Hard resurrected the legacy of the Die Hard films at just the right time.

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