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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Wednesday, 13. March 2013

Live Free or Die Hard
Director: Len Wiseman
Writer: Mark Bomback
Based on: John Carlin‘s article A Farewell to Arms
Sequel to: Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Kevin Smith, Zeljko Ivanek, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Plot:
After the FBI has been hacked, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is supposed to bring in Matthew (Justin Long), a suspected hacker. What should be a routine pick-up and drop-off, ends up in a full-blown shoot-out. And suddenly McClane finds himself right in the middle of the biggest hack of the century, trying to avoid the complete dismantling of the financial system.

After I actually liked the third Die Hard movie, I thought that I had finally hit my stride with these films. Unfortunately McClane is totally unhinged in this film, and they liberally peppered the script with misogyny and racism. That is not cool.

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It starts with the “daddy McClane feels that he has to defend his daughter Lucy’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) honor by completely getting into her business, threatening her date [who did behave like an ass] and generally behaving like a dick” scene. I really wish that people would stop portraying that behavior as the correct behavior for dads. [At least Lucy is pissed off about it. Though later she's completely ok with everything again and daddy can do no wrong.]

But if they had left it that I could have dealt with it. But the casual sexism and misogyny goes on throughout the entire film. Especially everytime McClane talks about Mai (Maggie Q) it is misogynistic and/or racist and it really was disgusting.

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McClane is generally completely off his rocker in this one. Where he was a maybe slightly problematic cop, who was mostly pushed by the circumstances to not give too much about the rules, in this one he just doesn’t give a single damn. Not even the tiniest. The script tries so hard to paint him as a tough hero, that it forgets that a hero who makes the ends count more than the means is on his way to being a villain.

And apart from the content-issues I had, there were way too many shoot-outs and chase scenes for my taste. That shit is boring. Which meant that the entire film was a let-down.

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Summarising: Watch only if you’re the world’s biggest McClane fan.

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11 comments

  1. But the casual sexism and misogyny goes on throughout the entire film. Especially everytime McClane talks about Mai (Maggie Q) it is misogynistic and/or racist and it really was disgusting.

    A-bso-lu-tely. Thank you.


    • Anytime. Btw. I really appreciated your Wonderful Wizard of Oz tweets. Spot-on.


      • Oh, you’ve seen it? I’m looking forward to reading your post if so!


        • I have! I’ll post about it, soon.

          Though I do believe that I enjoyed it a bit more than you did…


          • Probably. I rolled my eyes and was about to leave a few times.
            I also noticed that my level of tolerance for sexism, racism and homophobia gets lower and lower with the years and that I less ans less enjoy what I feel being problematic contents. ;_;


          • Oh yes. I notice that about me, too. But sometimes things get lucky and it’s a day where some of my critical receptors are on holidays and I manage to enjoy stuff like I used to when my feminist side wasn’t as explicit: things will bother me a bit, but I manage to ignore them.

            I don’t know if that makes any sense…


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  3. It makes. :D That’s why I still enjoy Supernatural.


    • I’m thinking of giving Supernatural another try. Tumblr compels me. Saw the first 6 episodes years ago, but wasn’t convinced…


      • I started with season 3 or 4 I think and I skipped season 7… To tell the truth, you won’t miss what you don’t watch so skip the boring episodes. :)


        • I’m a bit obsessive about these things, so I don’t know if I’ll actually manage to skip anything. But maybe it would be the best approach.



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