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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.
how much I like it (50): 44
how good it is (50): 44
overall (100): 88
The movie of the late 80s that created a new subgenre (just check out every movie since that you can call “Die Hard On A *insert locale here*”), showed a great mix of intelligence with huge, explosive, set-pieces and pretty much raised the bar for modern action films. The greatness and impact of Die Hard is something that can’t really be underestimated. If you’ve heard someone try to tell you how good at is and have, somehow, yet to see it then get hold of it immediately and give it a watch. Because it IS as good as almost everyone says it is.
Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a cop who ends up in absolutely the wrong place at the…
Classic 80's Action with tence story, enjoyable character from Willis as McClane the wise talking NY officer, to Rickman's leader of the terrorist Hans Gruber who has a killer charm. Fun popcorn flick with full of adrenaline.
[RIP: Alan Rickman]
Watch this every new years. Diehard is the best action movie ever, hands down.
The action is great, pretty intense, the characters are extremely likeable (or dislikable, in a likeable way), the dialogue is super memorable, and the whole thing is a barrel of fun.
I feel it works better than most action movies because (aside from the reasons listed above), the writer(s) constantly put John Mclaine in extremely sticky situations most of which he can't just shoot or muscle his way out of. He is a likeable character with actual motivation to survive, who stands up to a gang of German bad guys that severely outnumber him. It may not be "Chinatown" or "Oldboy", but that's alot more than most action movies (nowadays especially) can say for themselves. ...Or maybe it's just that Bruce Willis is really likeable.
Also makes a great Christmas movie.
Yes it is a Christmas movie, don't argue with me.
I'm proud to be born in the same year Die Hard was made.
Still the perfect action movie.
Curl your toes into a fist <3
A culmination of 80s action movies with intense action, a lovable hero, an iconic villain and thrilling drama. A brilliant film.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…