In Live Free or, Die Hard the United States is under attack by an invisible enemy by most accounts. The enemy has killed many of the best known hackers in the country, and there is no clear reason. The aging New York police officer John McClane is sent to pick up notorious computer hacker Matt Farrell(Justin Long) who may be the only person that can remedy the situation. Thanks to Farrell it is quickly realized that this invisible terrorist is attempting to pull off a Fire Sale. A Fire Sale is a 3 pronged attack to shut down a countries resources.
Live Free or, Die Hard is a classic good versus evil, save the world from certain destruction tale that is done in a manner better than most action films of the last decade. The emotional portions, though few, play well enough and give a brief glimpse into the personal lives of McClane and Farrell. This is for the most part an impossible nonstop action ride with many avenues exploited when is comes to ways to defeat a foe with a automobile. The fourth installment of Die Hard thinks, but not too much, and satisfies the urge for an explosion that viewers came to the movie to see. McClane and Farrell find their way out of impossible situations, and the audience is gifted with the most impressive action sequences to be shown on the big screen since the climactic battle sequences in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The only stone that may be able to be thrown at this film is that there is not enough swearing, which causes McClane's classic line to be shorted from it's final impactive F-word. Live Free or, Die Hard is one of the most complete movie going experiences of the year in terms of Hollywood blockbusters. John McClane owns this summer in a way that Spider-man, Shrek, or Jack Sparrow only wish they could. Live Free, or Die Hard earns an explosive. 8/10
Evan Almighty jumps right into the mix of things with little build up. Right off the bat we find out that news anchor Evan Baxter has segued his career into one of political aspirations. Soon after being elected to the United States Congress under a slogan painting him as a politician out to change the world, God (Morgan Freeman) commissions Baxter to build an ark in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the history of the area.
In a predictable move the area townspeople antagonize Baxter as he begins the construction of the ark. Baxter's reputation is further soiled by the fact that his political career is being looked as a joke when he starts wearing sack cloth on a regular basis, and animals of all kinds are following him around in pairs. Baxter's boss Congressman Long, who once supported him quickly, becomes the antagonist as the people begin to turn against Baxter.
Evan Almighty is predictable on every turn, and has enough humor to satisfy. The animals do their part to provide a fair share of fecal humor. Morgan Freeman offers up plenty of wisdom in the role of God. Steve Carell does an exceptionally adequate job of delivering very humorous dialogue, which in his style is sure to be adlibbed in great part. The sheer amounts of animals in this film are overwhelming and a treat to behold. Overall the storyline and humor feel very cliché. Evan Almighty was a mild success, but just does not offer anything special apart from a few good laughs. Parents with children will get their money's worth out of this, but for everyone else it is a worthwhile rental.
Bug only spends the first 20 minutes of its 1 hour and 45 minute run time anywhere outside the motel room, before it takes its audience on a weird, claustrophobic, and all together uncomfortable emotional journey into the lives of 2 individuals who could easily carry their own movie into their pasts.
Agnes White (Ashley Judd) and Peter Evans (Michael Shannon) are two strangers that are both in need of stability in their lives until they find each other. Agnes, a bisexual waitress whose boyfriend has just gotten out of jail, has diluted herself into thinking that she is a completely stable individual despite her crack addiction, and drinking problems. Peter is a war vet who is keyed in on government activity, and really knows what is going on in the world. The two of them are hold up in the motel room for the duration of the movie, while things begin to unravel.
To say this movie is weird would be an understatement. Bug makes the audience members extremely uncomfortable as the situation progresses, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The setting is so closed in that sitting in the seat makes one feel as if the room is closing in around them. The experiences of the characters become the experiences of the viewer, and by the end you are left wondering where you are and what just happened. This foray into the bizarre is expertly done by Exorcist director, William Friedkin, and though this movie is not for everyone, for those who enjoy a taste of the weird, and are looking for something new and original from Hollywood this one is for you.