Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Die Hard 4.0 - Review

Bruce Willis returns as world-weary cop John McClane in this exhilaratingly bizarre mix of hightech villainy and explosive old-school thrills. 

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Cyber-terrorists are shutting down the eastern United States, and there is only one man who can save the day.

However, McClane is a true analogue hero in a digital age – his technological savvy is limited to bashing things as hard as he possibly can. Therefore, a geeky comedy sidekick is called for. Step in Justin Long as a perpetually-scared hacker.

Intriguingly for a film about computer technology, the movie uses real stuntmen to perform the increasingly over-the-top set pieces.

Perhaps as a Die Hard film it is flawed. McClane has been transformed from a profane, chain-smoking, charmingly vulnerable everyman into an unstoppable killing machine. However, as a deliriously excessive action film, it is unbeatable.


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