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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.
Classic solo-hero action movie makes all the right moves. Enough time to set up the characters and situation, escalating action and risk, and down time between action sequences to reflect and regroup, preparing for what comes next. The hero is ordinary enough that almost everything he does seems possible; evoking a deeper audience connection. Plenty of good action and clever dialog with only rare, slight, missteps.
Nameless you above me
Come lay me low and love me
This lonely little love dog
That no one knows the name of
There are moving units and concepts in Die Hard that I can appreciate: a cowboy cop that goes by an alias for half the film, the prodigious wife who’s less a damsel and more a woman of agency, and a charismatic villain who’s as bored with action tropes as I am. I also dig the tight corridors and elevator shafts that are deployed sparingly through the film, where architecture plays such a vital part in amplifying tension – architecture as a daunting maw leading to an infinite abyss.
What I’m disenchanted by is a stream of sloppy…
This is a great eighties action flick, but unlike many of the eighties action flicks out there, of which there are many, this one stands the test of time. Nearly 30 years after it was made it still is fresh, funny and entertaining. The explosions still are huge and Bruce Willis still seems to pull of witty and driven cop. We live in a world where terrorism is on the news constantly and this stops some films from being made and I wonder if in the present climate a film like this would be made...any way...I digress...
The script is sharp, the sent pieces entertaining and it has a great balance of action, script, fun and, yes, even some serious…
So this was the first time I have properly sat down and watched the original Die Hard.
There's not much that is left to say that hasn't already been said a thousand times here before. This is a great action flick and a tonne of fun from beginning to end.
Just a pinch of Christmas cheer to keep this yuletide obsessive happy, regardless of the fact it's May. It's not really a proper "Christmas film" anyway according to the purists.
Die Hard or Die Home.
Gotta go 5 stars.
It's so well written and scripted, everything pays off, and Bruce Willis has so much charisma. Forgot about how good the walkie-talkie scenes are and how much time Willis spends just sitting on the ground trying to recover--it really does make this one of the all time action greats. The newscaster stuff doesn't really work and some of the LAPD/FBI foolishness is a little too foolish, but other than that it works so well on so many levels.
Filled with nail biting tension, terrific action scenes, excellent performances and hilarious dark humor, Die Hard is an action movie classic and an all time great piece of blockbuster entertainment.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!