Still, the ability of the film to convey the extent to which the United States remains vulnerable to attacks on its electronic infrastructure is quite credible, and should be a wakeup call to those who remain blissfully unaware of our dependence upon computer networks.
And then there is the quasi-racist take on the film by far-right nutjob Debbie Schlussel, who - while generally praising the film - took its producers to task for not making Muslim terrorists the film's antagonists:
As readers know, I've been down on Willis for a number of reasons and down on this movie because its cyberterrorists are not Muslim. I remain steadfast in that reservation and note that this movie would have been even more fabulous if they were.Uh, Debbie? It's a movie, all right? And besides, not all terrorists are the bloodthirsty Islamofascists you so love to fear and depict; we only have to travel back to the anthrax scare and the Oklahoma City bombing to remind ourselves that terrorists come in a wide variety of creeds, colors, and ethnicities.
For those unfamiliar with Schlussel, she is somewhat like Ann Coulter, but with a more limited vocabulary, no anorexia problem, and reportedly a larger penis.
Now, I know that Debbie's shtick revolves around whipping up a frenzy about those Islamofascists who she believes lurk behind every brown face, but I doubt that the decision to create a homegrown terrorist in Live Free or Die Hard was a politically-correct Hollywood move, as Schlussel implies.
In fact, one could argue that the potential for domestic terrorism hiding behind the pale, smiling faces in Everytown, USA is even more troublesome than the cartoon-like Evil Muslim Hordes that keep Schlussel awake at night. Heck - Bruce Willis is a Republican, for Chrissakes, but his card-carrying GOP self is still not good enough for the rabid Schlussel.
At any rate, dearest Debbie: crawl back under the xenophobic, paranoid rock out from under which you slithered, take your Lithium, and let the rest of us enjoy some escapist summer fun without hearing any more of your racist drivel.