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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 June 2007 (USA)
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John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.



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When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI's Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he's told that because it's the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD'S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they're still being pursued. And it's just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hard 4  »

Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,369,559 (USA) (29 June 2007)


$134,520,804 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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Did You Know?


This is the only installment of the series where John McClane doesn't carry his Beretta 92FS. Instead he carries either a SIG-Sauer P220R. See more »


When McClane is looking at his reflection in the window of a shop, a line of blood coming down by the inside of his right eye disappears between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Mai Lihn: Well?
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Crazy Credits

After the 20th Century Fox opening logo has been on for a while, it suddenly "short circuits", causing flickering as the the searchlights fade, climaxing in a total power outage. See more »


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Written by Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper and Josh Morgan (as Joshua Morgan)
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Fourth Time Is Still a Charm
11 February 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

*** (out of 4)

The fourth film in the franchise has John McClane (Bruce Willis) asked to pick up a hacker (Justin Long) for questioning by the two of them are soon under attack from an unknown group of men. Soon it becomes clear that a madman (Timothy Olyphant) plans on hacking into every U.S. system to bring the country down. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD sounds like it would be a complete loser. I mean, after all who thought it would be a good idea to put McClane up against internet hackers? As silly as the story might sound, it actually works extremely well thanks in large part to a pretty nail-biting and tense story that fits into the post 9/11 world of fear where we could be hit hard at anytime. Now, I will freely admit that you've really got to suspend your disbelief because not for a single second did I buy McClane being able to pull off what he does here. I'm not going to give away any spoilers but I'd buy the events in the first three films a lot more than I do this one but director Len Wiseman handles everything so well that you can overlook the unbelievable nature of the picture. What works best is the direction actually because he at least makes you believe that this terrorist group could pull off what they're doing and pretty much attack America on three different levels. I'm really not sure if would be as easy as the bad guys do it but this is just a minor problem. There are some really terrific action scenes scattered along the way including a real nail-bitter on a highway where all lanes are opened and this leads to an amazing crash. Another terrific sequence happens with Willis driving a semi and a fighter jet comes to attack. Willis, as you'd expect, is in fine form as he has no problem fitting into this character. The one-liners and his smart mouth are right on the mark and he manages to also play the more dramatic moments. I thought Long was okay in his role but there's no question that it's rather underwritten. Olyphant makes for a good villain as does Maggie Q in her brief scenes. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also good in her scenes as the daughter. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD manages to deliver in the entertainment value, the drama and there's no question that the action is fun. The film has a few flaws along the way but it's still another good entry in a very good series that manages to be different yet keep the same type of fun.

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