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40 Stories. Twelve Terrorists. One Cop.
NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of pitiless terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.
Warning! Contains spoilers … and rhymes … and grammatical abominations.
It’s late in December; again I must rhyme;
Becoming tradition at cold Christmastime.
It's Action film Friday; so what’s on the card?
There’s no other option; it must be Die Hard.
White knuckle McClane dislikes travel by air;
On landing evacuates quick with his bear
A party’s afoot; the firm’s Christmas affair;
Where ex Ms. McClane awaits John to be there.
Argyle, John’s ride, tries to draw out his fare;
While John prefers silence; decides to forbear.
Argyle’s heart is to John quite apparent;
Offers to wait; lest reunion goes errant.
Off on the wrong foot; Holly’s name now maiden;
Puts John in a funk; his spirit is laden.
A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single moment of frustration for the viewer.
If that wasn't enough, there is a seamless camera. The lighting is impeccable. The editing is celestial. The Christmas theme ingenious. The music is thunderous joy. The pacing is a genre blueprint. The f/x…
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
Christmas, the most wonderful time of year, can also be the most trying. What if your relationship with a family member is strained and difficult? Christmas will force you together for presents and pie despite your mutual antipathy. What if you hate traveling in general and flying in particular? Christmas doesn’t care—it will drag you to the airport kicking and screaming. For a holiday all about peace and joy, it can cast an awfully hectic and depressing shadow.
Most depressing of all is Christmas in Los Angeles. Brownish and smog-covered, a sea of concrete and metal, L.A. is singularly unattractive and no…
Crackling fire in the fireplace.
The soft glow, cast off by the lights in the Christmas tree.
The smell of pine trees.
The nostalgic ambiance created by Christmas decorations.
The promise of a scrumptious and indulgent Christmas dinner.
Watching Bruce Willis violently kill people on a lazy afternoon.
Most people like to think that there are four Die Hard films (soon to be a fifth) but these people are wrong. There is only one genuine Die Hard and a bunch of movies that happen to share the same actor, and even the same character name, but are most definitely not, Die Hard. Now I do enjoy some of these imposter films but they stretch the everyman credibility of the original that helped make it stand out from the muscular He-Man action movies of the period. John McClane was just in the wrong place at the wrong time - an average cop, average husband and average man pushed to exceptional limits.
Even with the diminishing returns of the sequels…
This film has done for the action genre what viagra has done for old men.
Watching McClane suffer trauma after trauma and overcome obstacle after obstacle, I find these days it is impossible for me not to track how each of his specific injuries would affect a man's fighting abilities, how each firearms-related stroke of luck [good ("Ho ho ho") or bad (only 2 bullets left)] would affect his commando efficacy.
In most action movies, a viewer is expected to defer to the heat of the moment and/or willful ignorance rather than to count magazine expenditure, to rely on the protagonist to become a superheroically adrenalized madman in the final act rather than to remember [and *feel*] quite vividly the man's chopped-up feet established in the first. We see the blood on the tank top…
Delivers everything you could want in an action picture, then gives you even more.
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The back-and-forth between Alan Rickman and Bruce Willis is electric. To put it simply, they just don't make them like this anymore.
If for no other reason, you should watch this just to verify that only 25 years ago, they were selling gas in America for only 75 cents per gallon.
I very rarely buy DVDs these days but when I saw a double-disc set of DIE HARD and DIE HARD 2, the best and only two real good movies of the series, around for just €3 I thought to myself: "I'd buy that for a dollah", adjusted for inflation and bought the bugger.
I vividly remember when this came out - Wasn't it just yesterday? -, had seen this one a good few times but not for a little while so surprised to see how old-fashioned even the first few minutes were with McLane travelling on a plane with a gun and lighting a cigarette in an airport. And the hero isn't waxed or shaved and looks as if he may actually be smelling.
Amazing how much things have changed in a nearly 30-year old blink of an eye.
Wanna talk about being late to a party? Well, it took me 18 years to view this badboy.
'Die Hard' has to be one of the best Christmas movies, one of the best action movies, and one of the best movies of all-time. Bruce Willis was incredible as John McLane, and delivered one of cinema's all-time greatest action heroes. Let us not forgot Alan Rickman's portrayal of one of the greatest villains in cinematic history, the vicious Hans Gruber. The conflict between our antagonist and protagonist was executed to perfection, Rickman and Willis on screen together were just awe-inspiring.
This film overall is filled with everything you could want in a movie, awesome action set pieces, incredible acting by our leads, humor, drama, story, intensity, and much more, this film has it all. I wish I was able to view this film sooner. WHAT A FLICK!
For some reason, I never got around to seeing this one, even after all these years. I'm glad to see that it's every bit as entertaining as I'd heard. Even though it was released over a quarter century ago, it doesn't feel like a product of its time like many '80s films. I doubt I'll bother with the sequels, but this one was a solid film that I imagine I'll revisit more than once.
Now I have a machine gun Ho. Ho. Ho.
The absolute best 80's action movie I've seen. Hell, the best Action movie I've seen. I absolutely love the character of John McClain, and his purpose for killing every Russian he sees. This is an action packed adventure that is not for the faint of heart.
It's hard to talk about a movie that has been talked to death and say anything that hasn't already been said. I watch this movie every year around Christmas time because it is my favorite Christmas film. I love this movie, if you watch it you will love it too.
In a movie filled with memorable supporting characters, I think my favorite is Argyle. I love the guy from the moment he appears onscreen, and the protracted setup and ultimate payoff of his obliviously chilling in the parking garage is just terrific.
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