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.
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…
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.
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Die Hard is the "best" at lots of things. Its possibly the best action film ever made; and also the best Die Hard film, no questions asked. I think its the best Christmas movie ever made and finds one of the best action movie villains in Hans Gruber.
Woah. That's a lot of bests, huh?
Well, I think Die Hard earns them all earnestly. John McTiernan is like the David Lean of 80's action films; and like Lean, the words "they don't make 'em like they used to" can be applied to many…
This might be the best all-around action film ever made. Considering that the era (late 80s/early 90s) is pretty much the golden age of action films, that's really saying something.
Don't get me wrong. There are other action films with more action, better action, or bigger budgets, but when you consider everything, this one is pretty hard to beat. The idea is simple and usually that leads to better films (especially for the action genre), the script is fantastic, the villains are just the right amount of villainy, and you have what really marks the introduction of the "Bruce Willis character" that he's been playing in basically everything else since.
The character really is that good. He's a down and…
Film #8 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"Let's see you take this under advisement, jerkweed!" - John McClane
People say I'm crazy when I say that my third favourite Christmas movie is Die Hard. "What about Love Actually?" some moan. "Home Alone is waaaaaaay better!" others cry. But I can accept that; it's all down to opinion. However, what I cannot accept is this question; "How is Die Hard a Christmas movie?" Oh-ho-ho-ho, let me count the ways...
1. The line "Now, I have a machine gun...ho...ho...ho..."
2. The Christmas sticky tape.
3. Excessive use of bells in the soundtrack.
haven't seen this movie in a long time, but it's still so great. now don't get me wrong, it can be corny and not necessarily make any sense at times, but it's too fun to say this movie is bad. there are loads of one liners, and the movie clearly doesn't take itself too seriously. one of the best Christmas movies out there, fun for the whole family.
"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
I'm not a big action fan so this wasn't quite for me, but I loved Alan Rickman's villain.
Blu-ray: I like to read Roger Ebert's reviews before or after I re-watch a movie. Can you believe he gave DIE HARD only 2 stars? He was hung up on the character and actions of Paul Gleason being completely wrong. Unfortunately it is Roger that is wrong. Gleason's character adds comedy and another obstacle for John MacClane.
This film is watched almost every December - and this is the first time I saw it in HD. It looked AMAZING. I can't wait to watch part 2 on blu-ray next.
Nothing much to say. Still holds up. Just as funny, exciting, smart and well done as ever. Yippee kai yay.
Undoubtedly the greatest action movie ever made. Die Hard contains both one of the best heroes and one of the best villains even put on the silver screen, Willis and Rickman both giving their most memorable performances. The action is intense but (mostly) believable, without ever distracting from the characters.
Is it even possible to dislike Die Hard? I was a bit skeptical that an action film could get such praise but I was not disappointed watching this film for the first time.
Everything about Die Hard is superbly executed. The foreign antagonist with an accent (played by a young Severus Snape too!). The hilarious one-liners that make you feel fuzzy. The accidental protagonist who finds himself moving from one action scene to the next like a slippery slope. Die Hard may be the only action film that can be called perfect.
I'm very hesitant when it comes to action movies, but Die Hard thoroughly surprised me and I'm absolutely glad I watched it. It has revitalized my expectations of what the action genre can offer.
A thrilling experience that can't be recommended enough.
Great, as always!