The unrated version (more explicit and violent than the white-washed PG-13 release,) has quite impressive action scenes that are cool in their sheer spectacle. They may lack in terms of personal stakes and suspense but remain creative and fun. Its problem is its awkwardly-written, non-action scenes and the miscasting of villains. This includes Olyphant, an actor that's too charming to be authentically sinister.
Justin Long reprises his watershed role from Galaxy Quest, while again, his sidekick is a post-retirement action hero, a new character called John McClane (no relation). Olyphant does his best constipated Michael Shannon impression, with a plan to steal a government's fake money after destroying said government. Yet the most unbelievable moments include turning Long's Kevin Smith-fawning hacker into a love interest.
Bruce Willis seem tired of it all with his fourth entrance as McClane as he bitches around with his offspring and the action sequences are clearly to make the film franchise more accessible for teenagers. Also too much unrealistic action done this time with wires and computers making me care even less about it. Only Maggie Q. leave a small impression in this film.
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...
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.