Movie Review: Die Hard 4

Andrew Stephens, Wednesday the 14th of April, 2010

The original Die Hard was a great movie This post was automatically imported from my old sandfly.net.nz blog. It may look a little weird since it was not originally written for this format.. Although it was pretty much a standard 80s action flick, it had several elements that made it stand out:

Die Hard 4 has none of these features. Don't get me wrong, it is still an OK action movie and Bruce Willis still makes an engaging hero. But everything that made the first Die Hard so interesting is missing.

The villain's plan is pretty vague and doesn't make any sense whatsoever when it is finally revealed. The henchmen (most of them seem to be European for no adequately explained reason) are the world's worst assassins equipped with the world's worst automatic weapons. The action set pieces are well put together but totally ludicrous. I can suspend my disbelief for quite a while, but it's hard in the face of a man falling out of the back of a trunk that is teetering over the edge of a drop and landing unhurt on the back of a hovering F-18 that is trying to kill him.

In short, Die Hard 4 tries too hard to up the ante that it misses the touches that made the first film so memorable. Recommended for action movie lovers only, and then only on DVD.