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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; 'case 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…
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.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
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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…
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.
Bruce Willis' performance in this film is what star power is all about. It's like watching star power materialize into frantic mix of electricity, vulnerability, comic timing and testosterone.
Fantastic action movie, one of my new favorites. While not very deep, the way is keeps the tension high while having a very funny script is very impressive. John McClain is a very human and likable protagonist that, along with Indiana Jones, pretty much sets the standard for modern action movie protagonists. Love it.
Die Hard gets an A+.
French audience, French dubbed, no subs
(which made Hans Gruber's fake-dialect scene very weird)
There was one unfuckwithed, unfuckwithable translinguistic phrase, however, that made us all one with McClane.
My favorite movie.
We're gonna need some more FBI guys.
Sometimes I just don't wanna wait until Christmas.
Haven't watched this in a long time, and yeah, it's still pretty great.
I have exams in pre-calculus and chemistry 11 tomorrow. I haven't studied nearly enough. Instead of cramming, I decided to watch Die Hard tonight. I hate my life, but I do love this movie.
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This is a great movie. I am sorry I did not watch it until now. That was a mistake. If you have not seen it, you really should. Now would be good.
(Okay yea sure it drags on a little in places. But Alan Rickman. And explosions. Just watch it.)
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