Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Die Hard 4.0

All you gotta do is go pick up a kid in New Jersey, and drive him down to D.C. How hard can that be, huh?

I went to see Die Hard 4.0. It isn't as good as 1 and 2, but it's miles better than 3, and it's a fun action film. I very much like Bruce Willis, and I like this shaved-head and discreet eye-liner look he affects now he's all old and everything.

It's cute the way he spends the whole time defending the kid he picks up in New Jersey, i.e. weedy hacker guy: mainly by lying on top of him all the time. Willis is so heterosexual* (at least in my eyes) that you never get much of a frisson, even when he kisses another man on the mouth (like he does in 'The Jackal') so this sprawling body contact isn't, you know, slashy or anything. But I still think it's quite cute.

I think (may have misheard) John McLean asks the hacker whether he thinks he's sexy when he's wounded - can I have misheard this? It's not on imdb. For reference, it's just after they get out the tunnel, and hacker-guy is telling him to go to hospital. If you go to see it, listen out, tell me whether I'm hearing things.

It's also cute that chief hacker guy a.k.a. 'Warlock' is played by Kevin Smith.

Where I think this film may be less effective than Die Hard 1 and 2 is that the action isn't contained in a strictly demarcated zone - the office block, the airport. Also, hate to say it, but Timothy Olyphant isn't as charismatic as Alan Rickman. They should have got a brit in. And a slimy reporter who gets his come-uppance.

But I laughed out loud several times at the audacious nonsense of it all, and had a fun time.

*ETA - 'heterosexual' is definitely the wrong term here, and I just wanted to add this, because really what I'm talking about is nothing to do with a person's private life. But I'm not sure what it is.
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