Live Free or Die Hard is a 2007 American action-thriller film directed by Len Wiseman. It is the fourth episode in the Die Hard film series. It is based on John Carlin’s 1997 piece “A Farewell to Arms” for Wired magazine. The film’s title is derived from the state motto of New Hampshire, “Live Free or Die.”
In the film, NYPD Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) seeks to thwart a cyber-terrorist (Timothy Olyphant) who hacks into government and commercial systems across the United States with the intention of launching a “fire sale” that would cripple critical sections of the nation’s infrastructure. Also starring are Justin Long, Cliff Curtis, and Maggie Q.
The film grossed $388 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing Die Hard instalment. The film was described as a return to form for the franchise by the majority of critics. It is the first Die Hard film to receive a PG-13 classification from the MPAA, though an unrated copy was later made available on home media. In 2013, the fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, was released.
Die Hard 4 Cast
Bruce Willis as NYPD Detective John McClane. After being assigned with delivering Matt Farrell to the FBI for questioning, he becomes involved in stopping Thomas Gabriel. He rescues Farrell from a kill team, and the two of them collaborate to foil Gabriel’s scheme.
Matthew “Matt” Farrell, portrayed by Justin Long, is a former hacker who now builds cyber-security algorithms.
He unwittingly assisted Thomas Gabriel with his plan and survives an assassination attempt with the assistance of John McClane. He uses his knowledge of computers to assist McClane in foiling Gabriel’s plot. Thomas Gabriel, portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, is a former Defense Department analyst who leads a crew of cyber-terrorists in systematically destroying the U.S. infrastructure.
Olyphant completed filming for his role in three weeks. Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays McClane’s estranged daughter Lucy Gennero-McClane. The inclusion of McClane’s daughter in the third film was previously explored, and she appeared in the video game Die Hard: Vendetta. Maggie Q as Gabriel’s second-in-command and sweetheart, Mai Linh.
Kevin Smith portrays the hacker Frederick “Warlock” Kaludis, who grudgingly assists McClane and Farrell in locating Gabriel. Smith rewrote scenes in which he appears without credit. Miguel Bowman, the Deputy Director of the FBI’s Cyber Security Division, is portrayed by Cliff Curtis. Jonathan Sadowski portrays Trey, Gabriel’s chief hacker, in the film.
Edoardo Costa as Emerson, Gabriel’s henchman Rand, Gabriel’s acrobatic henchman, was portrayed by Cyril Raffaelli. Yorgo Constantine as Gabriel’s henchman Russo
Agent Molina, Bowman’s right-hand man, is portrayed by eljko Ivanek, while Christina Chang portrays Taylor. Len Wiseman as the pilot of the F-35B (cameo)
Gabriel’s henchman are portrayed by Chris Palmero as Del, Andrew Friedman as Casper, and Bryon Weiss as Robinson. Chris Ellis portrays McClane’s superior officer, Jack Sclavino. Sung Kang appears as Raj, a cyber division desk officer for the FBI.
Matt O’Leary portrays Clay, a hacker who accidentally offers Gabriel a code that enables the destruction of his home. Jake McDorman portrays Jim, Lucy’s boyfriend, in a brief role. Tim Russ appears as a member of the NSA. Rosemary Knower makes a surprise appearance as Frederick’s mother, Mrs. Kaludis.
Music of Die Hard 4
The score for Live Free or Die Hard, composed by Marco Beltrami, was published on July 2, 2007 by Varèse Sarabande, who also released the soundtracks for the first two Die Hard films. This was several days after the film’s release in the United States.
Due to his death in 2003, this was the first film for which Michael Kamen did not compose the soundtrack; Beltrami uses Kamen’s thematic material into his score, but Kamen is not recognised on the film or album.
“Rock & Roll Queen” by The Subways, “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and “I’m So Sick” by Flyleaf are all featured in the film. Eric Lichtenfeld, reviewing the piece for Soundtrack.net, commented, “The action cues, in which the entire orchestra sounds percussive, flow together beautifully.”
Release Date of Die Hard 4
Die Hard 4 made its debut on June 22, 2007. The trailer for the film is as follows:
Live Free or Die Hard debuted at No. 2 in the United States, behind Ratatouille, and grossed $9.1 million on its first day of release in 3,172 cinemas, the highest opening day gross of any Die Hard picture (not taking inflation into account).
Live Free or Die Hard grossed $33.3 million in its opening weekend ($48.3 million including Wednesday and Thursday). The film grossed a total of $383.5 million in 2007, ranking it as the eleventh highest-grossing movie of the year. It is the most successful film in the franchise as of 2011.
Critical Response for Die Hard 4
Based on 210 reviews, the film has an 82 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 6.8/10. According to the site’s critical consensus, “Live Free or Die Hard is an efficient, action-packed summer popcorn film with spectacular stunts and a commanding performance by Bruce Willis, despite its absurdity.
Fans of the earlier Die Hard films won’t be let down.” The film has a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on the opinions of 34 reviewers, indicating “generally good reviews.” On a scale from A+ to F, CinemaScore respondents gave the picture an average score of A–.