Die Hard 2 ... sucks.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance ... sucks more.
Live Free or Die Hard ... fucking ... awesome!
Someone give writer Mark Bomback and director Len Wiseman the $100 million they deserve for breathing new life into a franchise that never should've been a franchise. After the thrill, skill, and memorable characters of the original Die Hard, there was no way that any sequels would live up to arguably the best action film of all time. But you let 12 years pass, and the cinema world is full of possibilities.
In Live Free or Die Hard, there is so much to be thankful for:
The adrenaline rush of each increasingly outrageous action sequence.
The way Bruce Willis's character, John McClane, revels in his job, and how even he himself can't quite believe that he's not dead, no matter how hard the bad guys try (and, man, do they try hard).
Justin Long's manic computer geek, who is McClane's perfect foil and sidekick.
The charisma and twisted logic of the main villian, played with wicked glee by Timothy Olyphant.
The super Maggie Q, who one bad-ass Asian chick.
The shockingly understated father-daughter subplot, deftly handled by a very likable Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Kevin Smith's cameo, in a role tailor made for him.
The nightmarish end-of-the-world-via-cyber-terrorists scenario, based on a Wired article by John Carlin, published 10 years ago.
I can't wait to see it again.
—Reporting From Glendale, California