In the wake of John Moore's disastrous fifth entry in the series, it's easy to look back at "Live Free or Die Hard" with something approaching fondness. Sure, the screenwriters display zero understanding of what makes the series work and Bruce Willis often seems to be playing himself rather than John McClane, but as far as generic 00's action flicks go, "Live Free" is fairly slick and entertaining. Director Len Wiseman knows his way around a blockbuster setpiece and, thankfully, he shoots with an eye for clarity and kinetics; no shakycam here. However, it could just as easily be said that the action is *too* slick, as though Bruce Willis is on an amusement park ride and all the explosions and stunts are merely part of the attraction.
A Hollywood movie. I watch this when I get sick and it cheers me up. Pretty violent, but in a cartoon-ish "did the circus come to town?" kind of way. There is something about the pacing of the film that I think makes it great. It is just moralistic enough, with out over doing it. Maybe some would find it preachy, but personally I think ALL movies should be didactic. Live Free, or Die Hard is also frivolous...
Fantastic movie, people can say what they want I loved it and always will. I have watched this movie over 50 times.
Mediocre sequel thats at least better than horrid die hard 3. They really needed to make this at christmastime again and bring back the original black cop budy from 1 somehow and the Bethoven music. Still it wasnt terrible and far better than the horrible Rambo 4 that also came out the same year. Timothy Olyphant needs to stick to playing snotty bad guys, he does a decent job here and no where else.