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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 Action Movie of All Time?
Best Christmas Movie of All Time?
Best Film Containing Alan Rickman Saying "Motherfucker" of All Time?
Who says I haven't been drinking?
One of those movies that never gets old. Every time you see it, it's a lot of fun. Great 80's action movie that set the standard for movies after that. Die Hard on a bus, die hard on a boat and so on. Willis is perfect in the role of anti hero McClane, Rickman is the perfect bad guy. The rest of the cast is also really great. The action is amazing, the story good and fast paced. The cinematography by Jan de Bont is stunning. Music is perfectly executed and takes the whole movie to a so much higher level. One of the best or possibly the best action movie ever made.
Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson light up the screen in this Christmas classic.
Forever one of the greatest films of all time! Quality classic with legendary actors and quite the thrilling Christmas eve night!
Bruce... where's all that charisma now?
Still an action masterpiece after all these years.
my feet would hurt
About to watch with the boy. His first time, lucky motherf**ker!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the best action flicks, ever. Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a New York cop visiting his estranged wife at her new job in a new high-rise in Los Angeles. Before he can settle in, bad guys have taken over the building and are holding hostages. And now you have one good cop against a group of well-armed baddies. John's only ally is one patrol officer outside the building. John has a walkie-talkie and is talking to Al, the officer, on his patrol car frequency when he can.
But action is the order of the day, and one-by-one, John takes out the criminals. There are gun battles, explosions, helicopters, fist-fights, etc. etc. Bonnie Bedelia plays John's wife, and Alan Rickman is super as Hans Gruber, the leader of the evil band of bad guys.
There are several sequels to this classic, but this one is the king of them all.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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