Tuesday 18th January 2022

Die Hard 4.0 (15)
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

It wasn't so long ago that Bruce Willis ruled out ever making another Die Hard film. "Good work Bruce", I thought, "just let it lie". And it wasn't very long after that, that Bruce decided that the best thing he could do for his career was, in fact, to make another Die Hard film. As news of the details started to leak out, things looked even worse. It was to be directed by Len "Underworld" Wiseman, who has never made a good film, and it was to be called one of a variety of weak titles (Die Hardest, Tears of the Sun, Live Free or Die Hard).

An explosion. Of which there are many
An explosion. Of which there are many

Despite it all though, Bruce has managed to pull off another credible performance as John McClane, the title has been trimmed to a respectable length and Len Wiseman can finally tuck a decent film accolade under his belt.

As per your classic Die Hard setup, John McClane is a NYPD cop who happens to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. While bringing in a computer hacker for routine questioning, they are both attacked by armed mercenaries and barely escape with their lives. At the same time, the FBI is staging a massive manhunt for whoever is behind the recent spate of online attacks. It seems that some laptop wielding maniac is trying to bring America to its knees. I know what you're thinking – cyber-crime is so lame! But in this case, it makes for a pretty exciting film, because there are still plenty of car crashes and explosions.

In fact, the explosions and car crashes are virtually non-stop, pausing only occasionally for some trademark series humour. Luckily, John McClane knows precisely how to stay alive in these situations – "stay down". Apparently, "staying down" will save you from bullets, bombs, explosions, car crashes and helicopter gunships. Also, if you are in a car yourself, you're pretty much invulnerable too.

Things get even sillier and more unrealistic towards the end of the film, but the fact is this movie is thoroughly enjoyable and action-packed throughout and is a better film than Die Hard With a Vengeance. I'm a little bit disappointed it's not set at Christmas time like the first two classic films, but then again, I am delighted it didn't turn out to be the enormous bucket of dross I initially feared. Good going Bruce.

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Length: 130 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 4th July 2007

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