Written by Hombre Divertido
Keep your spider-men, pirates, green ogres, and silver dudes. You can let Evan build the ark, as long as you let John McClane (Bruce Willis) crash it, cuz he is what summer is all about. No awards to be given here; this film knows its purpose and serves it well. Like visiting a friend you have not seen in far too long, and as simple as heating up a piece of pizza the next morning, this movie satisfies.
Maybe not moving as fast physically, but still able to banter with the best of them, our hero is thrust into the middle of a techno-terrorist conspiracy in which a former government employee (Timothy Olyphant) is taking control of all that is run by computers, from the back of his big rig, in order to steal all of the money in the United States. Oh, and make the point that he is smarter than everyone else, of course. Luckily grizzled NYPD Senior Detective John McClane is once again surrounded by bad guys, and one hot martial artist bad girl (Maggie Q), who couldn’t hit the ground with their guns if they dropped them.
Apparently McClane missed all the computer training classes offered by the city, because he was too busy playing Pong and waiting for Betamax to come back, thus is reliant on his sidekick in this outing, computer hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long), who just happened to be an unwitting pawn in the whole evil scheme, and is subsequently being hunted by our bad guys who are trying to tie up loose ends.
Long appears to be channeling a young Keanu Reeves in appearance and performance which serves him well here, especially when we watch officer McClane escape the aforementioned big rig, as it careens down a collapsing freeway, by jumping onto the tail of an earthbound stalled jet and surfing it to safety in a stunt so ridiculous you’ll believe Sandra Bullock could jump a bus over a gap in the same freeway.