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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.
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…
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.
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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…
This is a great movie. Duh. There are so many little things in the first 10 minutes or so that get paid off before the end of the movie.
A pretty near-perfect action film. I'd forgotten how funny it was.
Too much of the story drags for it to be anything more than just 'a really good film', but that said, it's a really good film. Bruce Willis appears to act in a few scenes, Beethoven's 9th Symphony is used to wondrous, iconic effect, and Alan Rickman is a fantastic villain. The first half of the film is markedly superior to the second, and the film loses its cutting edge the second it attempts anything related to character development or false injections of emotion, but when it comes to the action, it hits, and hits hard.
“Make fists with your toes,” says the passenger.
Is there a less dramatic way to start an action film? Probably not, and therein lies much of Die Hard's greatness, in the same way that two FBI agents called Johnson seems like a joke swiped from a Zucker brothers script.
Action set-pieces are all well and good, and you get some fine ones here, but the whole world is so richly drawn that you can't help but return to it, wallow in it, want to live in it. The Nakatomi corporation? Yeah, I probably would go their office parties. Richard Thornburg? Yeah, I probably would write sarcastic tweets about his melodramatic brand of journalism. Al Powell? Yeah, I probably wouldn't believe…
Everyone’s favourite cop - John McClane comes home for Christmas but manages to bump into a load of terrorists lead by the amazing Alan Rickmann as the sinister Hans Gruber. Here begins John McClane’s bad luck stint getting mixed up with bad guys where ever he goes. Great story, classic 80’s Action. A must see Action Film!
The 80s was filled with testosterone filled muscle men fight off the bad guys in ridiculous ways to safe the day. Then John McClane, an Normal guy, no bursting muscles just a New York cop took on a bunch of terrorists to safe the day and an new type of action hero was born. The everyday Hero who uses his wits and instincts to safe the day.
Die hard is by far one of the best action movie of 80s even ever to be brought to the cinema, from its witty one liners to it high explosive action sequences to its drama of one man try to safe a load of hostages but also his estranged wife.
Director John McTiernan…
the only from the saga that is good
"I'm a fly in the ointment. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass."
My girlfriend recently bought the Die Hard blu-ray collection, since she is a big fan and has seen all the films, in which I have seen none.
I had been pushing it off, and finally, we decided to start watching them. I so badly wanted to dislike the movie. I really don't like action films. Like, a strong distaste for them.
Goddamn it, Hanz.
If more action movies were as quick witted, suspense filled, hilarious, and kick-ass as Die Hard is, I would sure as hell be a much bigger fan. Don't ask me to explain my five star rating. If you've seen the movie, you know why. If you haven't, watch it, and that's all the explanation you need.
I've been sucked into this series and I love it.
Yippy-ki-yay, mothers and daughters.
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