Err... well-said by the dude above me. I always felt this review was a bit harsh by saying this film is not a "Die-Hard" film, i mean, what the hell does that mean anyway? I might be starting some beef here but, this film to me is a better "Die-Hard" film than the middle two installments. It's just pure popcorn fun with yes, some really dumb action moments (Commando anyone?) but that's what I wanted to see so meh! I think to compare the first Die-Hard however is a bit of a moot point considering it was such a staple in everything that we define as an action movie today. Anyhow...
Cool things about the film:
1 - It had that French martial dude from District 13 Cyril Raffaelli, man i was so glad when he managed to dodge Bruce Willis "killing a helicopter with a car".
2 - Maggie Q is smokin... HOT
3 - Justin Long is very charming and likeable in this film. I think the cast in general is very good apart from Kevin Smith (see below) and it's nice to see Bruce accepting his crustiness for once. Next year Die Hard 5 - Arthri-(Die)-Tis.
4 - He kills a freaking helicopter with a car!
5 - Timothy Olyphant. I don't really remember much of him from his previous films but having watched this I wish I should have. William Sadler and Jeremy Irons are badass, but to me, Timothy is the best villain since Rickman. He underplays his character very well instead doing the obvious thing by being eccentric and crazy which is the bigger temptation for actors to do in such a movie (see Nic Cage/John Travolta in Face/Off) and he's also very funny in his sarcastic moments too. I'm really, really hoping that Hitman will kick ass.
6 - The villain isn't from another country other than the US...
Things that were not so great in the film:
1 - Kevin Smith. Don't get me wrong, I like his films and Jay & Silent Bob is just genius, but he just doesn't do the fanboy character well here. I dunno, maybe they should have called Jon Heder or something.
2- Mary Elizabeth Winstead is unbelievably beautiful but there is something about the way that her smarmy "My dad is SO going to hurt you guys!" mentality that is really grating.
3 - Cyril Raffaelli dies way too easily
4 - Any Pro-USA garbage... kinda spoils the film for non-US viewers don't it??