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It's a long way to Nakatomi,
This review is from: Die Hard 4.0  [DVD] (DVD)
All of the die hard sequels cower in the shadow of the first, great, movie, but this one more than the others. I kept thinking about the first film - the great characterisation, in fact the first one is all about that: the hero who will not give in when he should, the villain who is the same.
There is really so little connection here with the original elements that made the first film so great. The film makers are reduced to the occasional visual reference or homage to DH1. It came across to me as basically a so-so buddy movie. I think a lot things could have been sorted out thad they got the villain right, but for some reason they decided to make him one of the most inactive, passive baddies I've ever seen. Comparing him to Gruber in the first film, you start to get a sense of the problem. All the talk in the world about someone's evil genius is much less impressive than actually seeing that genius in action. Only at the end does that point get picked up, and for me it was too late by then.
Do I sound sour? There were some great moments, true, and Kevin Smith's cameo was fun, but...
For all the action, and there was a lot of it - and I'm sure most of the fifteen year old boys watching would have been happy, to me it was just too much like Mission Impossible II - all the great looking action CGI in the world isn't going to save weak writing. I kept comparing the moment when JM ends up jumping from a falling truck onto the tail of a fighter jet, to that moment in the first film where he has to jump off the building, and ties a fire hose around his waist. That seemed to spell out the difference to me. This film had the visuals, it just didn't have as much heart.
Worth a look, but I'm hanging on to my box-set of the first three films.