Fun action films have victims with pulses

The Gripe

The Gripe

June 29, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Film Critic

We welcome a guest gripist this week: Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman. The subject of our spotlight (see Page 3) was amused by early speculation that his film, the fourth in the blockbuster Die Hard franchise, centered on a plot to sabotage the Internet.

In an interview last month, he chuckled at rumors of Bruce Willis' John McClane - who thwarts bad guys intent on explosive evil - fighting to save the information highway.

"I'd seen a lot of stuff like, you know, `John McClane fights against a man who's going to take down the Internet,'" Wiseman said. "And I thought, `Wow, that doesn't sound like a very fun action film to me.' You know, `He's going to save all the computers!'"

For the record, Live Free or Die Hard pits McClane against a guy using computers to take over U.S. defenses, finances and power grid. The Internet is not overtly threatened.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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