7/17/2007

Live Free or Die Hard...

"You just killed a helicopter with a car!"

I've seen four movies in four days. I know, I know... You're thinking that that's a bit much. But it was a necessary part of the summer camp recovery process. Friday night it was Ratatouille (certified 4 Yarmulke™ rating). Saturday night it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (certified 3.5 Yarmulke™ rating). Sunday Night is was License to Wed (certified 2 Yarmulke™ rating). And tonight it was Live Free or Die Hard. I love the Die Hard Trilogy. And what's more, I'm pretty sure that if you don't like Die Hard (the original), we can't be friends...

Live Free or Die Hard
Running Time:
2 hrs. 10 mins.
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

In the fourth installment of the Die Hard Quadrilogy, John McClane faces off against virtual terrorists who are attempting to throw the country into chaos. The plot for the movie is actually based on this article from the May 1997 issue of WIRED magazine.

Going into a movie like this, one tends to have low expectations. I mean, as long as Bruce Willis says the line (you know which one I'm talking about), and a lot of stuff get destroyed, you walk out a satisfied customer. However, I had no idea that it would be so awesome.

What follows is a SPOILER FREE review.


So, what was good?
  • Bruce Willis and Justin Long. Who knew that pairing up John McClane with the Mac guy would work so well? The role of McClane was tailor made for Willis. And of course, he hits it out of the park. But some of the best moments come from his interaction with Long as his sidekick.

  • The Action. Talk about sweet! Helicopters, cars, jets... you name it, it gets blown up! UH-mazing!

  • Timothy Olyphant. What a great bad guy.

  • The ladies. Dear Maggie Q and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, I enjoyed your roles in this movie. So much so, that I would like to invite one of you to come to San Diego and go out for dinner with me. Maggie, you were great in Mission Impossible 3 and, once again, in this movie. You continued to kick massive amounts of butt while looking incredibly hot. There's a 97% chance that you'd be able to kick my tail. (I give myself 3% because I fight dirty.) But, I'm going to have to go with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Something about her voice puts me in a trance... And she's from North Carolina. Southern... alto voice... beautiful eyes... Seriously Mary Elizabeth Winstead, if you read this (which I'm sure you do), leave a comment. I think we'd get along great. Editor's Note: I used her full name everywhere to increase the chances that she'd end up here if she googled herself.

    But...
  • Nothing. Seriously, if you walk into this movie expecting an Oscar level film, then maybe you should stick with coloring books. Actually, a Die Hard coloring book would be pretty sweet...


    And so, to Live Free or Die Hard, I give the honor of being awarded a certified 3.5 Yarmulke™ rating.

    Such a fun movie! If you haven't seen it yet, get a group of friends together and go. You won't be disappointed...
  • 1 comment:

    TS Harrison said...

    Possibly my favorite movie of the summer. The Bourne Ultimatum should compete.