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Die Hard - 4
Devyani Srivastava / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
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NA
NA
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NA
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NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
For many, the iconic John McClane (Willis) is the last word among superheroes.

It has been 18 years since Die Hard first released, and the series is still very much alive and kicking, much like its 52-year-old superstar and lead. And judging by this smashing fourth installment, Die Hard, like McClane, is not going to die in the near future either.

You're not kept waiting - less than 10 minutes into this blanket action thriller, the commotion commences. New York Police Department (NYPD) detective McClane has just endured another humiliating altercation with his rebellious college-going daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), when the police chief intercepts him on the radio.

McClane is asked to go to Camden, New Jersey, and escort one Matthew Farrell (Long, satisfying as McClane's sidekick), a professional computer hacker, to the Hoover Building in Washington DC, the FBI headquarters; Farrell is wanted in connection with a breach of security at the FBI.

McClane arrives at Farrell's doorstep, as does trouble. A gang of armed assailants open fire, and the apartment becomes their stronghold of terrorism. Bullets spew, a bomb detonates, but McClane manages to save Farrell.

Farrell's enemy, faceless to the duo as of now, is Thomas Gabriel, a computer systems evil genius. Gabriel has launched a 'fire sale' – a mode of cyber-terrorism whereby he hacks into all federal-controlled systems within America and completely shuts them down, killing the country's bloodlines.

The FBI is sweating, and the confusion has already thrown the nation out of gear. McClane, characteristically, rises to the challenge – he will combat these terrorists, or else...

More than 2 hours later, once the curtain has fallen, the audience leaves on a full-stomach of popcorn – the metaphoric kind as well. There are oodles of thrills, and much raw muscle is flexed, bones broken, as McClane and Farrell race towards the finishing line.

And this is where Die Hard 4.0 works brilliantly; this is an out-and-out Hollywood action adventure entertainer, one that does not pretend to be anything else. It does not apologize for its clich├ęs (and there are several) - it only celebrates the old-school of Hollywood cinema and, of course, its spine, Willis.

Willis is perfect as ever as the cocky, larger-than-life John McClane, the lonely policeman (at one point, he says that being a hero adds up to nothing) who will blow up his own shoulder if it kills the bad guy. If the numerous action sequences picturized on him fail to impress you – boy, you are a tough audience, in that case – then his signature one-liners will surely tease a chuckle out of you:

Farrell (amazed): "You just killed a helicopter with a car..."

McClane (straightforwardly): "I was out of bullets."

Apart from the dialogue, the special effects deserve special mention. The sequence where several cars get smashed-up in a tunnel (which leaves the audience feeling rather satisfied; it seems expected that cars would get badly banged up in this kind of cinema) and the sequence where McClane battles the Kung-fu fighting vamp Mai (Q) are worth the price of your ticket, and your time. And so is the rest of this flick, if it's not clear yet.

So go, get on this ride. You will not return disappointed.
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Die Hard - 4 (english) reviews
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  • Cast
    Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jonathan Sadowski, Andrew Friedman
  • Music
    Marco Beltrami
  • Director
    Len Wiseman
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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B L on 19th Jul 2007, 7:20pm | Permalink
I agree with Diehard 5 there. Spot On
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6
Diehard-5 on 17th Jul 2007, 11:29pm | Permalink
well, i don't want to disappoint u guys...but i must say the movie is mediocre...coz we all forget one thing... diehard-1 and to some extent diehard-2(not seen 3)were extremely watchable not becoz of action but becoz of humanness of John Mcclane's heroism....he usually spoils bad guys' party with his gritty, street-smart exploits(remember that scene in the elevator shaft and that fire-hose jump at the end in diehard-1)...but in this movie he looks more like a James Bond than John Mcclane,NYPD(due to lack of conceptual imagination on part of director Len Wiseman)...much of John Mcclane's charm flows through his character(a curious mix of instability with inborn honesty)..though Wiseman tried to project him that way, the role only stuck on him like a war paint since most of the action sequences are terribly contrived,primarily designed to impress the audience than having anything to do with the true spirit of John Mcclane's character(blowing a helicopter with a speeding car and that jet plane chasing Mcclane's truck are total rubbish...the obsolete old 007 style)...moreover, the film reeks of stereotypy and devoid of any original characters(a genius villain, his pretty,cold,kung-fu girlfriend, a computer wiz who helps hero beat the bad guys, a brave 'n' doting daughter etc.,etc.,etc.,..)...the film is unrealistic and eminently forgettable unlike its worthy prequels....
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4
Rahul on 15th Jul 2007, 7:56am | Permalink
This movie is to action movies as to what Yash Chopra is to romantic movies - NO DIFFERENT - all seen before action movie from Hollywood. If Bollywood serves romance the best, no one can touch Hollywood in action.
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6
Priyanka Rao on 8th Jul 2007, 8:04pm | Permalink
Some habits die hard. Mine dont die at all. Waiting for Die Hard-5 (Let the villans Die Hard). Paisa vasool movie. Go for it.
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8
Aamchi Hyd on 7th Jul 2007, 5:25pm | Permalink
Excellent action flick! Highly recommended for diehard (pun intended) action fans. Another scene worth mentioning is the jet/truck chase, which, though overblown (again, pun intended), is paisa vasool. Waiting for Die Hard 5 now!
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10
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