Sunday, July 15, 2007

HARDLY DYING

DIE HARD 4.0 (Len Wiseman, 2007)


John McClane is back. With or without the 'F' word. Now this is what a pure, adrenaline-rush action movie *needs* to be. Superbly entertaining from start to finish. No excessive slo-mo, no corny melodrama, and no cameramen on seizures (*cough* *cough* Transformers). *This* is the action movie to beat this year.

Die Hard 4.0 gave *exactly* what it promised, and then some. The fantastic action sequences are amongst the best I've seen, and almost all of them are done with *actual stunts*. Meaning: no overbearing CGI effects. And that's just what I want considering the flood of cgi-laden fares recently. A very much welcome return to the traditional ways of action choreography and practical effects.

The character interactions are always humorous and engaging, even though the dialogues generally take a backseat allowing the car crashes and explosions to take the screen. And surprisingly Die Hard 4.0 *DO* have an *actual* plot, and an actual thematic significance (befitting the post 9/11 paranoia) to come along with those explosions. Man versus technology. John McClane is the very antithesis of our overreliance on computers and technology. Rather smart; considering the movie itself used very little computer effects.

Forget Transformers. Go do yourself a favor and watch Bruce Willis in top-form, kickin' ass and spouting one-liners instead. PG-13 or no PG-13, I had the best fun in the theaters this year as of yet. "Yippee-Kay-Yay, m----r!!"

Verdict: 4/5

Oh, and "Happy Birthday to me!" ngahaha

8 comments:

falling-evenstar said...

ye lar...
happy birthday to YOU!
hehe...

ala bruce willis dh tuaaaaaa

maberik said...

haha hero tua...

takpe. masih macho jugak.

GAIA said...

ari ni ker? eppi besday 2 u....

maberik said...

tengkiu bro~

FarahMexx said...

maberik ar~

happy birthday deqwan! haha lame x panggil name tu :p

kahuna said...

my brother has always been a Transformers fan, so I'm quite compelled to see the film, although i haven't seen it yet because i haven't got the time. The reviews have been fantastic, the trailer is awesome, the actors are new (thus promising) and so forth. i'm quite disappointed that you gave it a 2.5 rating because it did make me think twice before spending yet another 10 hengget on a pointless movie.

by the way, rather than using asterisks (*), why don't you just italicized the words you want to stress because it will give the same effect, only better and it won't clutter your writing.

by the way again, hepi besday.

fadz said...

hahah, enjoyed this too..!

wei, happy belated b'day... aku ada Dawn of Dead original..nak? aku nak bagi..

maberik said...

Dawn Of The Dead original aku tengok yg European version. tak tau la byk mana beza dgn American version