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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.
Best movie of all time, mostly because of two things: the guy-trapped-in-a-building-evading-capture-by-bad-guys concept which is cool and believable; and the idea of a normal guy hero who is plausibly in danger through the movie and gets the shit kicked out of him regularly, such a big difference from the bodybuilder supermen that dominated action movies through the 80s.
I hadn't watched this in years, and found myself questioning something I'd previously accepted, i.e. Why are the cops so fucking stupid and cowardly? If there's any aspect of the movie that could not be duplicated today, it's this portrayal of the police. The portrayal of the press as vultures feeding on human misery is also…
Simply put, this is one of the classic action films that is a must see. This is action done right.
What else can be said about Die Hard? Not much, great Willis and Rickman franchise starter that propelled both of their careers. Unfortunately now it's sad to watch Rickman die at the end.
If anyone says Die Hard isn't the greatest Christmas film ever made, they're lying.
If anyone says Die Hard isn't a Christmas film, they're lying.
Had to watch a German movie, and I watched this 'cause it sounds pretty German.
Sod Snape, this is Alan Rickman at his best!
Probably as good as Hollywood action films get and the blueprint for most of them nowadays. Sadly what the others miss that this one has is genuine attitude and dialogue and a villain that feels real.
While Bruce Willis might have the swagger and appeal that steals the show Alab Rickman's Hans Gruber is just fantastic. He plays him with fire, that's the best way I can put it. In most other action movies the big bad is ice cold and keeps his cool, acting like god, like nothing is wrong. Hans on the other hand gets angry and shoots people and that's the difference between his character and others in the genre.
Honestly you could apply that to most…
Finally got around to actually watching a "new" movie after a slew of rewatches, and I must say, I will not forget Die Hard anytime soon. Suspenseful, well shot, superbly acted, all around engrossing, entertaining, and fun. Bruce Willis, armed with a pistol, machine gun, and witty remarks, attempts to fight his way through terrorists to save his wife and to stop a robbery of sorts, and I loved it.
Oh, 13 days till Jason Bourne.
I hear the director of this movie been talking some shit lately but unfortunately I'm just not powerful enough to let that impact my view of this perfect perfect film.
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