Twelve years after Die Hard with a Vengeance
, the third and previous film in the Die Hard
franchise, Live Free or Die Hard
finds John McClane (Bruce Willis) a few years older, not any happier, and just as kick-ass as ever. Right after he has a fight with his college-age daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a call comes in to pick up a hacker (Justin Long, a.k.a. the ""Apple guy"") who might help the FBI learn something about a brief security blip in their systems. Now any Die Hard
fan knows that this is when the assassins with foreign accents and high-powered weaponry show up, telling McClane that once again he's stumbled into an assignment that's anything but routine. Once that wreckage has cleared, it is revealed that the hacker is only one of many hackers who are being targeted for extermination after they helped set up a ""fire sale,"" a three-pronged cyberattack designed to bring down the entire country by crippling its transportation, finances, and utilities. That plan is now being put into action by a mysterious team (Timothy Olyphant, Deadwood
, and Maggie Q, Mission: Impossible 3
) that seems to be operating under the government's noses.