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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…
The best by a mile not just of the die hard series but of all action shoot em up films . It set the bench mark which has never been eclipsed. Yes I like it
80's action movie at its best. Solid movie. Great action, one liners and foreign villains to make any 80's action fan happy.
I gotta admit, I have a problem when it comes to big action movies like this. And that problem is that I have no real interest in watching them. However, when I do actually sit down and watch one, I will typically enjoy it.
Such is the case with Die Hard. It wouldn't make any of my favorite films lists, nor do I feel much compulsion to watch it a second time. But hot-diggity, Die Hard delivers.
The plot is absurd, of course. But honestly, how much plot do you need when you've got Bruce Willis being a badass hero? And Snape doing his best dignified thief impersonation? Exactly.
Wrap in grin-inducing dialogue and some fabulous comeuppance moments, and Die Hard delivers about as much fun as 2+ hours can.
Severely dated. Was a very bad viewing experience.
One of my favorite Christmas movies and my favorite action movie of all time. This movie exemplifies the 80's perfectly and offers an unlikely hero. Bruce Willis as John McClane is more of an every man than his action counter parts of Stallone and Schwarzenegger who always seem larger than life. I feel like he is more relatable and does a great job of showing street smarts, instincts, luck and still has his vulnerable moments when you see genuine fear and doubt. He is also surrounded by an amazing cast of memorable characters that combine to make one of the most quotable and generally entertaining action movies of its day. I love this movie. If you are reading this review wondering if you should watch this movie, the answer is yes and the time is right now!
Every scene, every line, every inflection... is just perfect.
Un clásico del cine de acción, imitado hasta la saciedad. La plataforma de lanzamiento de Bruce Willis como estrella. Espectacular realización de las escenas de acción, ritmo frenético y uno de los mejores villanos de este género.
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