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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.”
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…
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.
This Movie is amazeballz.
There's no getting away from it. "Mad Max" and "The Raid" are great, but this is my favorite action movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No line in cinema has ever been delivered as well as Alan Rickman's "Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho."
A true action film classic. It really holds itself through time, and puts current action films into shame. It's kind of like seeing an old man at the gym working out better, stronger and faster than younger people.
tenía años de no volver a ver esto. ¿20, tal vez? y bueno: todo lo que se dice de ella es cierto, así que no repetiré nada.
nomás: regresé a ella gracias a brooklyn nine-nine, que la toma como una de sus biblias y que acabo de ver completa. es una de las cosas más felices que me han pasado en el último par de meses. (chelsea peretti, mon amour.)
The most badass Christmas movie ever made.
The best Christmas movie ever to grace my tv screen
Die Hard is the fruit of 80's action movies that perfects the models that preceeded it. It is great fun, full of action and one liners. The characters are also given some depth by bringing the audience into the middle of a storyline for the main characters rather than beginning with one throughout the movie. The only flaw is the arrogance and idiocy from the police chief and FBI agents. I am not sure the context of their behavior (portrayal in movies, or a product of its time), but the film could have been excellent with less details on their backward thought process. I think their actions could have been performed with less blatant ignorance from the side characters. Nevertheless, it set the bar for action special effects and anti-hero lead characters in action movies.
Written below, the reason why this was and remains a good action movie, as opposed to many which attempt to pattern themselves upon it:
-> John McClane is but human. <-
That's it. It's his personality that drives him to take all the insane risks, the very same urge to serve and protect that led him to become a cop in the first place. That he is a cop gives him just enough in the way of tools and training to begin to even attempt what he gets up to in this, and at no point is his victory assured.
He is perpetually right at the very edge of his capability, which results in him getting very badly beaten up…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!