John McClane (Willis) takes on an Internet-based terrorist organization who is systematically shutting down the United States. - you can not be serious!
If they put together a bunch of lame ideas for a plot in a hat, and happend to pull out the lamest of those lame idea, that idea must still have been better than this one.
Firstly there’s the sheer impossibility of it. I know, I know, Die Hard and other action films are never big on that whole ‘reality’ thing, but this is so implausible as to render the film un-watchable by anyone who has even an inkling of how things actually work. Is it likely that key industrial, civilian or military entities are going to be connected to the net in such a way as to allow the possibility of hacking that would allow control? Hell no. Do you think that the ‘launch weapons’ button at the weapons silo is linked in any way to the internet? Do you think the switches at power stations are? How about ATMs? TV broadcast posts? Utter rubbish.
Secondly, how is the film going to work? Are we going to have a 60yr old John McClane typing code furiously on a Mac (because no doubt Apple will bagsie the advertising rights)? Is he going to be tracing IP packets across the world, then jumping on a plane? Or, will he be on holiday in Iraq and just get caught up in it (come on…what sort of terrorist are you expecting Hollywood to throw up? They’re not likely to use their imagination now are they).
Thirdly, why would terrorists systematically shut down the US? A terrorists objective is to cause terror. The tool commonly used for doing that is by killing a lot of people, usually at random. Indiscriminate killing causes terror. Fast actions with dire consequences, where you might be next causes terror. Terrorism is aimed at people, not organisations or governments. Losing your electricity supply, or ability to shop, or your TV reception, for a short time does not cause terror (even were it possible in this manner). If you managed to turn off every electrical system in a country, you still wouldn’t cause terror. Why not? Because it’s not terrifying - there’s no obvious, personal, immediate threat, just unusual and confusing circumstances.
Personally I’m done with the ‘terrorist’ pre-occupation the West is getting. Move along already. There is no more terrorism now than there was twenty years ago, it’s just fashionable to keep talking about it now. Which I find sickening and utterly counter-productive.
So yeah, the film looks as lame and non-sensical as the title sounds. Don’t even get me started on Rocky 6: Rocky Balboa…