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April 04, 2007

Another Die Hard Trailer

Cool. Seth Bullock from Deadwood as the bad guy, and a bit of Beethoven's Ninth for the music (as in the original). Not sure if that'll actually be in the movie, of course. Trailer music tends to be temp music.

Via Allah, who writes:

In this one, Bruce goes toe to toe with the greatest threat facing America today: a team of dorkwad Internet hackers. Exit question: What are the odds they’ll be known as the “New Crusaders” or the “Wingnut Brigades” or something like that? We know you’re one of us, Bruce. Don’t let us down.

Well, based on the plot summary from IMDb...

When a criminal plot is in place to take down the entire computer and technological structure that supports the economy of the United States (and the world), it's up to a decidedly "old school" hero, police detective John McClane (Willis), to take down the conspiracy...

... and the snippet of dialogue from the Seth Bullock there, "Are you willing to pay the price?," he seems to be an "anti-war terrorist" (is there any other kind?), with a mission of inflicting upon the US the "true cost" of the war it makes on other countries.

Of course, this being a Die Hard movie, we also know, with a high degree of confidence, that he's not really politically motivated at all, and is just using this as a pretext to... well, let's take a guess. A pretext to get into one of the world's biggest bank computers, the ones that handle hundred million dollar transfers from one country to another, and somehow all this fuss and bother will get him access to that system so he can electronically divert a cool trillion dollars into his (numerous) bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

A trillion? Yeah. First Die Hard involved a theft of hundreds of millions of dollars, Die Hard With a Vengeance escalated that to (I believe) thirteen billion in gold, this one pretty much has to move up to the trillion dollar range.

Presumably John McClane will see through this scam early on, to reassure the few liberal members of the audience that we're not questioning their patriotism.

Although it will be interesting to see liberal film critics kind of hint that they thought the villain sort of had a pretty decent idea, and it's too bad it was just a cynical cover under which to carry out a mega-robbery. If only Seth Bullock had had the courage of liberals' convictions, maybe he could have finally stopped "the madmen" from inflicting American terrorism on the world.

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