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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…
“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…
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.
Is it really possible for anyone to dislike this film, especially guys? I have see so many great action films in my life time (You know since I am a masculine and adrenaline driven guy, who also like good storytelling. I know such a weird mix), but very few (at least ones that are not sci-fi or superhero) have that manage to live up this film (the only one that has in my opinion is Casino Royale), as this film is not only so entertaining on a spectacle level, but also so well written (especially with the films character development, plot and dialogue). And for an action movie at the time, this film was certainly ground breaking in its quality…
Ez volt a legeslegjobban megírt forgatókönyt ami valaha készült egy akciófilmhez...
A corvin moziban láttam és nagyon jo ölet volt.
Imádtam, hogy minden apró részletnek van értelm.
Végigondolt és szövevényes, Kiválló film.
And now, another Quickie with the Mick review:
Look, I'm going to be straight with you: if you haven't seen Die Hard yet, what the hell are you waiting for? It isn't the #1 Action movie of all-time on countless lists for nothing, you know. It's paced perfectly, has a great lead, and contains raw, visceral action sequences that will forever rule the pantheon of cinema.
Man ... I miss squibs.
Just WATCH IT. NOW.
Owned - DVD
McClane is like an east coast Tarzan, swinging through the concrete jungle of LA to save his Jane, whom he let get away when she became too independently successful for his old-timey heteronormative ideals. Frontier justice meets post-TOOTSIE redefinition of masculine identity, with highly entertaining results. Set a template still being exploited to this day, generally with exponentially diminishing returns (its own sequels included). Plus, Hans Gruber.
When a group of terrorists hold hostages in a high rise building it's up to John Mclaine " Bruce Willis " to take them down. One of the best action movies from the 80s this movie is gripping, suspenseful, and has a all-star cast and director. Although some of the battle scenes were unrealistic this movie kept us on the edge of our seats most of the time. Die Hard had some of the best character development and connections of all time. The Special Effects were amazing but sometimes the cause and effect didn't correspond very well. Over all the cinematic guild of ESLA thought this was an amazing movie and, we recommend this to anyone that wants to watch a well shot action packed movie.
This is such a cool watch. It is a blockbuster and purposefully falls into all the action genre cliches I can think of and yet it makes me incredibly happy every time I watch it. Die Hard achieves exactly what it is aiming for and that is what sets it apart for me as opposed to other more ambitious projects that fall short. Plus the cinematography is pretty damn good too. The perfect Christmas movie.
John McLane !!!!!!! Le meilleur des héros devant sauver le monde ! Super série de films, tellement amusante et passionnante ! Ce premier opus la reflète à merveille : action, suspens, combats à gogo, et un duel McLane vs Grand méchant qui ne s'arrête jamais. Au top !!!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!