Live Free or Die Hard

“You’re a Timex watch in a digital age.”

Making a sequel is always a challenge, but making the fourth film in a franchise after a twelve year hiatus seems like a recipe for disaster. Luckily, the team behind Live Free or Die Hard found a director who was a huge fan of the franchise and worked hard with his team to not just make a great film but to really make a sequel to the original film that was better than the others. Some people disagree but the box office shows that Len Wiseman’s take on the franchise was quite the success. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Die Hard series with Wiseman’s 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard. 

We talk about why we enjoy this film so much and why we think some people had real issues with Wiseman’s direction (even if we didn’t). We chat about how well Bruce Willis works as John McClane in this installment and why his turn as the older, non-tech savvy cop struggling with how his life has shaped up works so well for the film. We touch on the other actors in the film – Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant, Cliff Curtis, Mary Elizabeth Olmstead and more – and talk about what they bring to the table. We revel in the amount of practical effects and stuntwork this team puts forth, really wowing us with the lengths they would go to so they could make the film that much cooler. We look at the semi-vs-F35 sequence and ponder the absurdities of the action in context of the franchise. We look at the brilliant parkour stunts done by Cyril Raffaelli and dig a bit into the history of it. And we look at the variety of “Yippie-ki-yays” in the series and rank ‘em.

It’s a fun film with a lot going for it, and certainly stands out as the best film since the first one. We have a great time talking about it on the show this week, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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