LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (D: Len Wiseman, 130 min)
The original is one of the greatest action movies ever made and inspired a whole subgenre of Die Hard On A... movies. So it was only a matter of time before everyman detective John McClane ( Bruce Willis ) took aim at a whole new band of bad guys.
But in these hyper-sensitive post-9/11 times, it's not al Qaeda in his gunsight but a megalomaniacal (naturally) techno terrorist ( Timothy Olyphant ) out to cause a little Y2K-style mayhem.
Sounds silly, sure, but the trailer promises a lot of old-school pyrotechnics - McClane destroys a hovering helicopter by launching a speeding car into it - and clever tough-guy quips ("I ran outta bullets").
Here's hoping McClane, and Willis, aren't too old for this shit. Yippee-ki-yay!
Opens Wednesday (June 27). Screened after press time - see review June 28 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.