LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD(Len Wiseman). 130 minutes. Rating: NNN
The summer's lone fourquel in a forest of threequels, Live Free Or Die Hard recasts the series in the post-9/11 world, with Bruce Willis 's John McClane battling cyber-terrorists attacking U.S. infrastructure.
As in all Die Hards, there are no real terrorists here, just very clever thieves, most of whom need to be shot, though they can also be dispatched by being hurled down elevator shafts or having cars dropped on them.
This instalment is pretty good, partly because the stunt men really earn their pay. Human bodies fly through space, through windows, down stairwells and into piles of really painful-looking stuff.
More importantly, Len Wiseman , best known for packing Kate Beckinsale into tight leather and latex in the Underworld movies, delivers visually coherent action sequences that only occasionally go too far over the top. When McClane hits one of the villains with a car - hard - and drives it through a wall or two with said villain on the hood, and the villain isn't merely alive but kicking McClane's ass, you have to ask when the undead entered the Die Hard universe.
Unlike Stallone in Rocky 65, Willis can wisecrack while firing a 9mm and dragging Justin Long around by the scruff of his neck.