: Live Free or Die Hard
Decent, though not great. It cannot live up to the original or even the sequels. It captures some of the flare and there are some good moments, but there’s just no way this can have the originality of the first film. The first stood out for so many reasons: claustraphobic action, reluctant hero, brilliant criminal mastermind with diabolical plan, etc. This film has some of that but it comes across as forced and awkward. It goes big where it should have gone small. John McClain takes on the world when he should mano a mano with the bad guy. Still, it’s an excellent action film. There are some good stunts, the plot’s not as ridiculous as most action movies, and it’s got some familiar characters. But it’s not a breakthrough or very memorable.