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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Die Hard 4.0


A group of cyber terrorists lead by Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) hack into the US Computer Grid, bringing most of Washington to a standstill, as they try to corner and take down NYPD Senior Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis), who, with the help of a young computer hacker (Justin Long) is the only one who can stop them.

The film and its action is very fast-paced, edge of your seat stuff from start to finish, and is full to bursting with explosions, crashs, car chases, machine gun fire and flying fists. As for Olyphant's Gabriel, he makes the antagonistic cyber terrorist truly cold-hearted and sadistic to a bone-chilling, spine-tingling level, quite frankly creating the best Die Hard villain since Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in the 1988 original, though not quite up to that standard, let's face it that is a high standard.

On the downside, the plot feels so artificial due to the non-stop, hardcore action. The magic of the original, and the near-magic of the 1990 first sequel was that the plot, action and setting was all really believable, as it was written so well that you felt that any everyday cop could be in that scenario, and McClane felt like a real cop who would willingly do anything to save others, while the action here could kill a superhero - is McClane meant to be Superman in disguise or something? It is this that stops this film from being on a par with Die Hard 2, although it is more engrossing than 1995's Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cliff Curtis, Kevin Smith, Jonathan Sadowski, Cyril Raffaelli, Zeljko Ivanek, Edoardo Costa, Sung Kang, Tim Russ.

Saturn nominations: Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, Best Supporting Actor (Justin Long).

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