I’ve always loved the Die Hard saga, and now at last I have an opportunity to coment about one of the movies.
Original title: Live Free or Die Hard. Spanish title: La Jungla 4.0. Year: 2007 Genre: Action, Drama. Country: United States of America (USA). Language: English. Runtime: 130 min. Color or B/W: Color. Director: Len Wiseman. Script: Mark Bomback, David Marconi. Photography: Simon Duggan. Music: Marco Beltrami. Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Kevin Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Plot outline After the FBI’s computer systems suffers a hacker attack, the FBI wants to investigate the known hackers who could have done that, so they order the police to take those hackers to them. As a result, John McClane will have to transport the hacker Matthew Farrell to the FBI facilities in Washington D.C.
Comment without spoilers The beginning is more or less like in the rest of the movies, with McClane being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a way that starts a stream of harsh situations with plenty of action. The plot used to connect the action scenes is quite interesting and entertaining, and despite not being marvelous, is good.
The main actors do a great job, with Willis in his second self, Justing Long in a very credible character (even more before having seen him as a Mac, hehe), and Timothy Olyphant being a charismatic bad guy.
The soundtrack is composed by the typical thrilling cuts for the actions scenes, but without any memorable song. Even so, I can’t think about a song that could fit better in this movie.
The atmosphere in the film is something I like a lot, because I think it’s well developed and helps a lot to introduce you and trap you into the movie; or at last enough to draw your attention so you don’t want to miss anything.
My conclusion is that it’s a great action movie, maybe the best that have come from the USA in the last few years. Not a must see, but a very recommendable one. Compared to the rest of the saga, I think that it’s much better than Die Hard: With a Vengeance (I don’t like that movie), more or less the same than Die Hard 2 and somewhat close to Die Hard, which is the best one.
As a comment about the title, here you can see what the marketing guys do when they try to sell a movie in Spain, and that’s to screw the title of a whole saga. They changed the first Die Hard to La Jungla de Cristal (The Crystal Jungle) thinking that it was a great idea. And then appeared Die Hard 2 or La Jungla 2: Alerta Roja (The Jungle 2: Red Alert) and Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which came to Spain as La Jungla de Cristal 3: La Venganza (The Crystal Jungle 3: The Vengeance). Finally, here we have Live Free or Die Hard, known here as La Jungla 4.0 (The Jungle 4.0). Ridiculous, isn’t it?
When I saw McClane on the top of the jet I thought “If he manages to pilot a jet with a broken propulsion system and without the proper controls, this will definitely be the worst film ever”. Fortunately, he didn’t even tried to :D
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