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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 23/7/2007 2:39:41 PM   
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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Go and see it! Amazes me how Empire didn't say a bad word about it and then they only gave it three stars? Why, because they don't want any backlash if they're wrong? The film was a four star movie and the best since Die hard 1! Seriously...slam bang action from start to finish and McLane's daughter was tasty too  

Also Kevin Smith cameo - brilliant! Like 80's blockbusters? Then this is for you! Think speed in the doesn't let up stakes but it's also prepostrous...there's no way he could surive everything that happens to him.  But never mind all that - check your brain at the door (but not too much because there is a plot) and enjoy the ride.  Best movie this year so far?

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RE: Die hardererer.... - 23/7/2007 2:41:17 PM   
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Great summer action fest. Was my fave movie of the summer until I saw transformers today.
It has everything you you expect from a die hard movie great action, great wisecracks but unfortunately the bad guy was a bit shit.
Willis can still carry an action movie and was ably assisted by Justin Long  who provides much of the laughs.
That should be that though now, let the franchise go out on a high.



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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 24/7/2007 8:30:15 AM   
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Entertaining but pretty forgettable and probably the weakest of the series so far. It still holds the attention for its running time and has some decent if not awe-inspiring action sequences...the problem is, it just doesnt feel like a die hard film. Even number 3 which departed from the formula (i guess it had to, how many times can one man, etc etc?) still had that die hard vibe. This one ditches it virtually all together and mainly hangs together and works due to the one man killling machine that is John McClane. A decent supporting cast helps too even though they are not given much to work with, Olyphants bad guy just doesnt convince that he is truly badass, he feels restrained somewhat.

The action scenes are pretty over the top at times and yet again parkour makes an appearance but unlike in casino royale it is not used to its full devastating effect. Ah, I do feel nostalgic for the first die hard though, still the greatest action film ever made simply because as well as having the action chops and making it relatively believable it had well written characters and gave time to develop them. There are no real surprises in this, its just another decent action movie and John McClane deserves better. But then again is there anywhere left to go with him that doesnt rip the piss out of the whole thing?!

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 2:05:22 PM   
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i loved it i thought it was a excellent action film,i did feel the timothy olyphants performance was abit flat only because i know he couldve done better,justin long was grand great delivery. yes it did feel different from other die hard films but thats coz they dont make films like that anymore,and yeah they edited out the fucker of ykamf but come on,*spoiler*if your gonna edit it out then what better way then mcclane shooting himself!i mean really people should stop goin to see movies to compare it to other or break down to every flaw and just go and see the movie!you will enjoy yourself,i know i did.

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 5:14:54 PM   
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I think it's still the best film this summer and i've seen (except Transformers yet...) all the major ones.  It's just action non stop from start to finish which is what you want isn't it? And who cares if they edited a swear word? If that makes you upset then you need to get a life lol

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 5:23:23 PM   
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Die Hard 4.0 is easily the best of the summer action films, the plot maybe weak but it makes up for that with some great set pieces, great Willis performence and a non stop thrill ride pace. It's not the best of the series...by far, but its a nice addition. The only place it really gets bad is the obvious CGI Airjet fight which was hilariously bad.

3/5

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 5:26:11 PM   
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For the first time in ages I actually enjoyed the whole film.  I'd say it's 4/5 'cause it's not quite as good as part one.

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 5:42:46 PM   
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ORIGINAL: theoriginalcynic

For the first time in ages I actually enjoyed the whole film.  I'd say it's 4/5 'cause it's not quite as good as part one.


Its definetly better than Die Hard 2

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 25/7/2007 5:46:55 PM   
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I think it's better then 3 too

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RE: Die hard 4.0 - 26/7/2007 9:00:17 PM   
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I was one of the films many skeptics  , and went expecting bad things , but was actually pleasantly surprised to find it was rather good .

Updated to modern times , as well as faithful to the older films , it was an enjoyable sequel which could have been far far worse.

Set in an airport and directed by Renny Harlin for example.

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RE: Diehard 4.0 - 31/7/2007 12:19:48 AM   
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REALLY POOR! this is just an action film starring Bruce Willis with some odd references to John McClane just to remind you that this tripe is meant to be a Die Hard film. JM takes on a fighter plane? Len Wiseman = Berk

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 31/7/2007 11:59:06 AM   
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It did not feel like a Die Hard film at all. I suppose that is to be expected when a film has a director with a completely different style of film making than the previous one, a far less talented composer and a change of rating.

A decent, enjoyable film but only a Die Hard film by name.

If they had called the film ''Action Cop'' and changed the name of Bruce Willis character to ''Jack Steel'' (just an example) this film would have easily been a completely different, stand alone action movie bearing no referrence or likeness to the Die Hard series.

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 1/8/2007 4:13:42 PM   
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I was pretty impressed with this film, compared to all the dissappointing sequels that have come this year. Here are my full thoughts if you're interested.

http://ripbladereviews.blogspot.com/2007/07/die-hard-40-live-free-or-die-hard.html

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 2/8/2007 8:43:00 AM   
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I quite liked the film. It didn't feel like a Die Hard film (whatever that means) and much of the action was way OTT but it was still good fun. McClane beating Mai Lihn up was a bit on the edge, I thought. She may have been a baddie but there's something not quite right about watching a woman get beat up. The film was obviously aimed at a younger audience as well;  Farrell was annoying  but Lucy was cute. All in all I think three stars was a fair award.

Oh, and I've noticed that one or two people have mentioned his catchphrase was cut short. I can only assume that this was done in the US as he certainly said "MF" in the version I saw!

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 16/8/2007 11:53:43 PM   
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More than just a random collection of impossible action set-pieces, but not a lot more. Best word do describe: solid.
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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 17/8/2007 4:36:05 PM   
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Brillent film. I have to say not as good as the others.. and it was a bit over the top with the jet plane but overall a good enough film

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RE: Don't waste 2 hours of your life. - 6/9/2007 6:15:44 PM   
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Die Hard 4.0   Dir: Len Wiseman

Finally got around to see this one. It so happend my Filmchannel showed all the previous Die Hard films over the last weeks, so I went in prepared... I really like the Die Hard films. They're tongue in cheek, full on action films with a perfect character in the lead. Wisecracking, grumpy, tough as nails John McClane.
McTiernan was the perfect director for the first one. Harlin did a great job with the second one. Lot's of action, a high octane story and Bruce in his best vest. The third seemed to be a little different, making it more of a buddy movie and upping the scale from tower > airport > New York. But it luckily had the terrific direction by McTiernan and the nice presence of Jackson.
Now this. Die hard 4.0.
It's bad. Really bad. Bad in a "direct to video, B-movie-bad" way. I can't say some of the scenes weren't funny and some of the action is done well...okay. But this is too over the top. The premise is too silly for words and all the techno babble that is used is so laughable that you couldn't care less what happens.
But the greatest shame is that Willis seems to know that he is in something bad. He seems uninspired and uninterested. His scenes with Justin Long are the best and surprisingly that's because of the acting by Long. He seems to enjoy the nonsense and injects the movie with the humour so absent for most of the runningtime.
Wiseman is a very average director and it looks like he was somewhat overwheled by the project.

**/*****

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RE: Don't waste 2 hours of your life. - 21/9/2007 1:51:47 PM   
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How did Wiseman manage to pull this off? i thought Die Hard 4 was a very entertaining film, the action was very good and gritty, i felt every punch, shot and explosion; far better

effort and quality than both underworld films. I didnt really notice the lack of hardkore blood ala previous outings, however the swearing issue did bother me, especially with the

Yippee Kiyay *BLAM*. on that note, what a cheap way for a head honcho to die. Elephant man was a shite villian, not really menacing and didnt have a real prescence, but then again

that was hinted at throughout the film, that his character is a total pussy. its safe to say i enjoyed this film, every action set, which is surprising as i expected a "2 star affair".

a good watch, besides one absolutely dreadful event of editing. judging by that, and the level of gore in underworld i would expect a directors cut, however i dont hold much hope

for wiseman to choose to do such a thing.

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 2/11/2007 10:08:22 PM   
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And so we come to the belated 4th instalment in the much-cherished Die Hard franchise a full 12 years after Die Hard With Vengeance. Anticipation was high (as was cynicism) but finally we see the return of one of cinema's most iconic heroes... and I'm sorry to say this film is a big disappointment for me
The success of the Die Hard films rests largely with the character of John McClane and this is Die Hard 4.0's biggest shortfall. Probably Bruce Willis' least convincing performance as McClane. He did seem a quite bored for a lot of the film probably due to the fact that the screenplay failed to provide him with anything McClane-like to say. I think the writers expected lines such as "I'm gonna kill ya/beat you up/whatever" to be funny or cool purely because McClane was saying them but unfortunately most of the delivery fell flat. Also the censor-friendly dialogue seemed to neuter the McClane that we all know and love and rob the franchise of it's heart.
I thought it was a very technically poor film specifically regarding editing and continuity. Some scenes just didn't seem to flow right and different takes were very apparent during conversations and sequences. The term 'rush-job' springs to mind. The CGI/greenscreen stuff was too obvious and took you out of the moment during the action sequences. Another problem was the ADR. You could clearly see some of the dialogue was re-dubbed afterwards (something more and more common these days) due to it being out of sync with the film.
Some of the physical stuntwork was undoubtedly impressive and well executed but a couple of the set-pieces (car/helicopter collision, plane surfing) but just seemed out of place and unnecessary. Just don't get me started on Maggie 'Terminator' Q and her apparent invulnerability to being run over, driven though plate glass and crushed against a wall by a speeding SUV.
The whole terrorism/'climate of fear' angle worked well because it's obviously very relevant to what's going on in the world today but to be honest, as a thematic device, it would have the same effect in any film.
Some of the key ingredients for a successful Die Hard film were present (one man against the odds, sneering villains etc.) but the lengthy gap since the last instalment, the hip new director and the aforementioned McClane/script issues seem to suggest that this film was just an attempt to try and justify John McClane getting back on the big screen. Sadly it doesn't.
Lucy McClane was fit though.

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RE: Die Hard 4.0 - 3/11/2007 12:25:41 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Biggus
Don't even get me started on Maggie 'Terminator' Q and her apparent invulnerability to being run over, driven though plate glass and crushed against a wall by a speeding SUV.
Lucy McClane was fit though.


*pedant alert* On closer inspection, Maggie Q was on the bonnet when the SUV hit the wall. I thought she's been crushed but her legs weren't hanging off the front.... doesn't explain why her legs weren't shattered having an SUV driven into her at 40mph in the first place though....

Oh, and Lucy McLane was indeed fit. Giggity.

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RE: Fantastic if you ignore the previous three - 14/11/2007 4:42:07 PM   
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There's no doubting that the Die Hard movies (with the possible exception of Die Hard 2 which suffered from following the first movie too closely but without the fun) have set the benchmark for tongue-in-cheek action. However, the most obvious difference (and flaw) in this latest incarnation is that the writers seem to have been trying too hard. Influences of TV shows such as 24 are obvious, with a new emphasis and sub-text on technology and the dangers therein. But hang on, this is Die Hard isn't it? We want technology etc from films such as The Matrix but what the audience wants from a Die Hard film is gun fights with wisecracks, and that's less evident in this film. Not to say it isn't exciting: Timoth Olyphant, of Deadwood fame, manages to make his computer geek chilling and believeable as he throws up endless problems for the man McClane. The fight between the latter and a helicopter being one of the best action set pieces for some time. Justin Long provides good value as a hacker reluctantly along for the ride, but he also serves to highlight McClane's (and the film's) slight sense of humour failure. In short, as a stand alone film this is big scale, above average entertainment. But when you consider how much the first Die Hard did with such a simple concept, you get the feeling that this film is trying too hard to be modern and loses some of its identity as a result.


I agree completely, Die Hard is about a high concept taken to extreme levels, the first was the action movie of all time and although the second went off course, Vengeance was nearly as much fun as the original. I'm not saying Die Hard 4 is bad, infact I really enjoyed it but it didn't feel like a Die Hard movie, if this was a completely seperate movie I think it would have been far more popular.

Die Hard 4.0 Rating: Four Stars

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RE: Die Hard: Bore point 0 - 19/11/2007 8:48:15 AM   
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I can't believe they got away with calling it a Die Hard movie.
The weakest film of the 4, which is saying something considering how crap Die Hard 2 is.
2/5



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RE: 1, 2, 4, 3, that's the order! - 21/11/2007 8:56:05 PM   
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I thought that Die hard 4.0 was very good

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RE: 1, 2, 4, 3, that's the order! - 22/11/2007 7:41:52 PM   
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Loud,silly, forgettable, nowhere near as good as 1or 2 and par for the course for an action movie.In the same bracket as Welcome to the Jungle/Sahara etc.

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RE: In a word- COOL! - 18/1/2008 2:56:00 PM   
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Silly fun. Preposterous but entertaining.

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RE: three stars - 30/4/2008 10:18:59 AM   
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why only three stars when you had nothing negative to say about the film ?


I thought this movie was fun
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RE: three stars - 30/4/2008 10:39:01 AM   
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The film was a pile of horse manur. Hated every second of it. Makes a mockery of the original films. The Die Hard series will forever remain a trilogy and thats that.

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RE: three stars - 2/5/2008 5:30:20 PM   
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I enjoyed this.
Really did not think I would from reviews and trailers. A decent action film. Though I have not seen the rest of the Die Hards properly only casually watching them. So I don't know what it is like compared.

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RE: three stars - 1/6/2008 9:03:37 PM   
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i have the same feeling towards dh4 as i do with indy 4. nothing like the original set of films that made it possible for a fourth to be made. their both very disappointing and aimed at a bigger crowd of movie goers. both get 3/5 but i think it's my admiration of the proper films before them that is giving them 3 rather than 2.

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RE: it was alright - 28/12/2008 3:37:27 PM   
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After watching this again at xmas i think it gets better with each viewing and i think its deserving of 4 stars, but thats my opinion. My dad and brother hadnt seen it, and i recomended us to watch it, and it turns out they loved it. I think watching it right after another Die Hard film helps a lot too. Yes the violence (ie blood) is toned down slightly and the language is less hardcore, but the action is still there and its bloody great too. there wasnt one fallinng-out-of-window, hit-by-car, falling-out of-helicopter, punch or bullet wound i didnt feel.


Best action ive seen in ages. Plus, McClane is still that bad arse wise arse throughout the whole film. As pointed out i would have liked for the language to be a bit more fruity and a bit more blood, but apparently the dvd has a harder cut, so it raises my opinion even more for this film!


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