Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Live Free Or Die Hard

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 08/05/2015


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 10 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A veteran NYC Police detective and a slacker hacker try to prevent a rogue ex-government hacker from destroying the United States' infrastructure.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Basically, one guy faces insurmountable odds to overcome a platoon of really bad guys and save the day.  Another one of the Bruce Willis bad-ass movies.

PROS AND CONS: A good film.  Like most of this genre, this falls into the latter day action adventure movie film that is so popular with young men.  You get a two hour thrill ride for the price of admission.  It falls into the ‘every problem that we face can be solved with gunfire or by blowing something up’, film.  

While he is engaging to watch and good at his craft, Mr. Willis is starting to look a bit long in the tooth in this incarnation.  The random movie generator (RMG) has given me several films of this type of late and the similarities are interesting.  They have taken the concept of a one man army and taken it well into the fantasy realm.

Since the ‘bad guys’ in the movie all use fully automatic assault weapons, I believe that the shot count has to number somewhere around 4,000 to 8,000 rounds of ammunition that were fired off during this two hour cinematic event.

Although, I will say, that the motive of the evil doers in this film, the compromising of the U.S. infrastructure (communication, power, transport) is something that we should all be worried about but not to the level that we see in this film.  The fact that we all come to ‘expect’ this infrastructure to work and how we panic when it fails is telling about our culture and our value system.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

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