DIE HARD 4.0 (2007) TEN, 8.30PM, M, AC­TION

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Twelve years af­ter the last DieHard movie, Bruce Wil­lis straps him­self in for an­other ac­tion-packed ride as New York po­lice de­tec­tive John Mc­Clane. Built around a post 9/11 plot, it’s fu­elled by a plan by a de­mented former government com­puter whiz called Thomas Gabriel (Ti­mothy Olyphant) to shut down Amer­ica’s in­fra­struc­ture on the July 4 week­end and make off with mil­lions. De­spite a 19-year gap since film­ing the first flick, a trim 52-year-old Wil­lis tack­les the John Mc­Clane role with the en­thu­si­asm of a kid just start­ing out in pic­tures. Not only can he eas­ily han­dle jump­ing out of a car, he con­tends with ex­plo­sions, car crashes, es­capes from a four-wheel-drive hang­ing pre­car­i­ously nose-first in an el­e­va­tor shaft, flies a heli­copter, de­fies bar­rages of bul­lets and doesn’t go down for the count dur­ing fights. Most of the screen time is shared be­tween Mc­Clane and a 29-year-old com­puter hacker called Matt Far­rell, who he is bring­ing in for ques­tion­ing by the FBI. Far­rell, an un­wit­ting stooge in Gabriel’s plan to en­gi­neer what uber-geeks know as a “fire sale’’ of gi­gan­tic pro­por­tions, is played by the amus­ing Justin Long ( Dodge­ball, Galaxy Quest). The part­ner­ship of Mc­Clane and Far­rell works well as di­rected by Un­der­world’s Len Wise­man, who seems de­ter­mined to pro­tect his movie from be­ing iden­ti­fied too quickly as a live-ac­tion car­toon. The odd cou­ple – whose re­la­tion­ship is quickly tested by Mc­Clane’s fond­ness for no-longer chic mu­sic by Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival on his car ra­dio – even­tu­ally bond in time to res­cue Mc­Clane’s es­tranged col­lege stu­dent daugh­ter, Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Win­stead, a dis­tant cousin of the late Ava Gard­ner). Wise­man says he set out to make a “huge thrill ride’’, and he’s suc­ceeded. Mc­Clane, Mc­Clane, you’ve done it again. ★★★✩

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