My girlfriend dragged to the theater yesterday evening to see the fourth iteration of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard (the twist on New Hampshire's state motto is a bit awkward). I know what you're probably thinking, "But RE, why would an IT-savvy defense wonk like yourself go to see an action flick about some preposterous cyber-terrorism plot?" Well I have two good reasons:
First, my girlfriend loves Bruce Willis. To give you sense of the scope of her affection, she actually enjoyed Willis's "The Return of Bruno" album and the Spinal Tap-style mockumentary that accompanied it.
Second, I was dying to see how the director managed to fit a F-35C into the storyline. Given that the U.S. government has been so tight-fisted about the F-35's software code we almost came to blows with the UK back in 2005, I wanted to see how the director justified pitting one against America's everyman hero, John McClane. Hacking a JSF was going to be too big a leap for me. To my surprise, the sequence was fairly logical, if not completely ironic in the face U.S. military tactics since 2002.
Ultimately, the movie was worth the 20 bucks. My (fan)girlfriend aside, John McClane can still deliver the pain... And driving a police car into a helicopter is pretty awesome.