LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD

Pulse-Pounding Action with a Bit of Heart

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Release Date: June 27, 2007

Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Long,
Timothy Olyphant, Cliff
Curtis, Maggie Q, and Mary
Elizabeth Winstead

Genre: Action Thriller/Detective
Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 124 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Director: Len Wiseman

Executive Producer: Arnold Rifkin and William
Wisher

Producer: Michael Fottrell

Writer: Mark Bomback

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch
Chairman/CEO
News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(BB, PP, Pa, Ab, LLL, VVV, S, D, M) Strong moral worldview with strong patriotic, heroic elements marred by some edgy violence and plenty of foul language, including many strong profanities, and only one appeal to God in very intense situations throughout; about 52 obscenities, 19 to 21 strong profanities, 10 light profanities, an “f” word is started but not heard the rest of the way, some vulgarities, and a light sexual innuendo and double entendre; very strong action violence, including some tough, edgy fighting (especially trading kicks and punches with a female henchman), such as gunfights, a few point blank shootings, chase scenes with destruction of vehicles and freeway ramps, explosions, vehicles hit a couple bodies and a vehicle hits a fence with someone clinging to it, people fall and sometimes hit objects hard as they fall, and hand to hand combat; light sexual innuendo and brief touching, which is rebuked; no nudity; no alcohol; smoking; and, some miscellaneous immorality, plus computer hackers think like pirates with one calling himself Warlock and using 666 as a special frequency code.

Summary:

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, the new DIE HARD movie starring Bruce Willis, has New York Detective John McClane defending his daughter, a young computer expert and his country from a disgruntled government employee taking out his revenge by taking over the country’s computer-run infrastructure. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD fulfills all the action expectations viewers might have for it and contains some strong moral, patriotic and heroic moments, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution due to some tough, edgy violence and lots of foul language, including many strong profanities.

Review:

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, the thrilling new DIE HARD movie starring Bruce Willis, fulfills all the action expectations viewers might have for it. Despite a 10-year absence from the character of NYPD Detective John McClane, Willis jumps right back into that well-worn T-shirt and commands the screen from the beginning. He is ably supported by Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Although the story has strong moral, patriotic and heroic elements, they are spoiled by some tough, edgy violence and plenty of foul language, especially many strong profanities.

The movie starts its story at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday. NYPD Detective John McClane has just had a late-night argument with his college-age daughter, Lucy. Despite the late hour, he gets a seemingly routine assignment to pick up a young computer hacker, Matt Farrell, wanted for questioning by the FBI in Washington, D.C.

When he gets to Farrell’s apartment, they are greeted by a hail of machine-gun fire from a group of professional thugs trying to kill Farrell. McClane and Farrell barely survive this onslaught. When they finally get to D.C., the whole country is engulfed in a massive technological breakdown engineered by disgruntled government employee Thomas Gabriel. From there, it’s a race to keep each other alive as McClane and Farrell try to guess Gabriel’s next move and stop his plans. Complicating matters is Gabriel’s ability to use the country’s computer system to kidnap McClane’s daughter and even commandeer military aircraft.

For pure edge-of-your-seat action, it’s hard to beat this movie. The action sequences in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD are stunning, impressive, suspenseful, and exciting. Furthermore, while the story is not quite as incisive or elegantly crafted as the first DIE HARD, the script has enough heart in it to satisfy all but the most jaded moviegoer. Also, the movie’s villain is not as menacing as Alan Rickman was in the first movie, though he is perhaps even meaner.

The movie’s moral and political sentiments are partly summed up by the first half of its title, LIVE FREE, but they also include John McClane’s no nonsense, take no prisoners approach to defending the innocent, including his family, and protecting his country and its social order. These positive qualities are spoiled by some tough, edgy violence, especially when McClane encounters the villain’s tough, kung fu fighting girlfriend, Mai. The movie’s violence also includes some point blank shootings. Also spoiling the fun is plenty of foul language, including many strong profanities. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, the new DIE HARD movie, starring Bruce Willis, starts its story on a Fourth of July weekend. Late one night, NYPD Detective John McClane gets a seemingly routine assignment to pick up a young computer hacker, Matt Farrell, wanted for questioning by the FBI in Washington, D.C. At Farrell’s apartment, they are greeted by a hail of machine-gun fire from professional thugs trying to kill Farrell. McClane and Farrell barely survive. When they arrive in D.C., the whole country is engulfed in a massive technological breakdown engineered by disgruntled government employee Thomas Gabriel. From there, it’s a race to keep each other and McClane’s daughter alive as they try to guess Gabriel’s next move.

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD fulfills all the action expectations viewers might have for it. Despite a 10-year absence from the character of John McClane, Willis jumps right back into that well-worn T-shirt and commands the screen from the beginning. Although the story has strong moral, patriotic and heroic elements, they are spoiled by some tough, edgy violence and plenty of foul language, including many strong profanities. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.