Tuesday, August 7, 2007



Mary Elizabeth Winstead: McClane’s college-age daughter Lucy
Bruce Willis: New York City Detective John McClane
Justin Long: computer geek Matt Farrell
Cliff Curtis: FBI Agent Bowman
Timothy Olyphant: Thomas Gabriel, disgruntled former employee of Homeland Security
Maggie Q: Mai Lihn, his right-hand girl
Kevin Smith: Warlock, another computer geek

There is not likely to be any movie that can top this one for non-stop over-the-top action. The explosions, car chases, gunfights, hand-to-hand combat just keep coming one after the other and even a military aircraft shows up at one point. There is hardly a moment to catch your breath. But that is the reason for going to see a movie like this and it delivers as promised. Even the plot is a little far-fetched but we're not here to quibble…anything is possible I guess.

For what it is worth, I find the Matt Farrel character less than endearing. Granted as a computer geek his sartorial style is appropriately scruffy but his stringy beard and unshaven face along with his mousy, whiny manner just puts me off.

While we’re at it: surely they could have found someone to play the role of Warlock with some sort of conviction. Smith’s acting is pretty lousy by most any standard. Even though it is a minor role, he is not on par with the others.

for intense sequences of violence and action, language and a brief sexual situation.

Many of the stunts and escapades are simply impossible but that is the nature of the movie so there is no point listing them at all.

Little attempt has been made keeping cuts and blood consistent from one scene to the next. They come and go; move around; disappear; get shorter or longer; they seem to have a life of their own.

While being pursued McClane drives past the tollbooths leading to a tunnel. There are no toolbooths in any of the Washington D.C. tunnels.

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