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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.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE
Fun action film, Possibly the best Christmas movie ever.
Bruce Willis is great in the film as well as Alan Rickman.
Recommend this film.
A solid action movie that gets recognized as a classic. Not so much for me.
One of the best if not the the best action movie of all time. John Mctieman Classic is 100 percent action adrenaline and suspense, explosions shootouts fist fights. John McClain is The ideal action hero a charismatic wisecracking badass. the role Bruce Willis was born to play. Alan rickman is brilliant and intimidating in his best role. Hans gruber is one of the best villains ever With very memorable henchmen.
This is actually just a dumb action movie that's so well done and got much better characters than normal that it makes it impossible not to love, John McClane is one of the most human of all action movie hero's, he's not some super genius, he's just a hard working cop, who's actually a bit of an asshole, and the fact that they took the risk of making him a bit of an asshole pays off fantastically, also, the setting of a large tower block isn't all that new for action movies, but it's the way we reach the situation in such a setting, our main character being on the otherside of the country, planning to spend Christmas with his…
Goddamn this movie is fantastic.
"No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza"?
One of the best well rounded action films to ever be put on screen. Bruce Willis is the epitome of a complete badass.
a classic christmas film
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