Die Hard is the movie franchise that made a movie star out of TV star Bruce Willis, and created an entire action-movie genre of its own. In the original 1988 film, Willis plays wisecracking New York cop John McClane, who arrives at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles to meet up with his estranged wife, Holly (Bonny Bedelia), at her office Christmas party. As luck would have it, the company ends up in the middle of a terrorist plot led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his gang of expert killers, and with little help coming from outside, McClane has to pick off his enemies one by one. Thus was born the "Die Hardgenre", epitomized by such films asUnder Siege("Die Hardon a ship"),Passenger 57("Die Hardon a plane" ),Speed("Die Hardon a bus"), andCliffhanger("Die Hardon a mountain"). But few measure up to the explosive brilliance ofDie Hard. Director John McTiernan develops the action at a fast and furious pace, culminating in some fantastic set-pieces on the top of the building, in the elevator shaft, and in the building's outer plaza. Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza's script, based on Roderick Thorp's novelNothing Lasts Forever, is smart, funny, and full of memorable lines (among them "Welcome to the party, pal!" and of course "Yippee ki-ay, motherf*****"), and the cast is perfection, especially Rickman as the cunningly evil villain, and Willis, whose McClane character--bloodied, beaten, bruised, and barely breathing, as he battles both bad guys and bureaucrats--is someone audiences could genuinely cheer for.--David Horiuchi
Even though Christmas is over, the title still stands, this is the ultimate movie for Christmastime, but it can be watched year-round for full enjoyment. Aside from being the ultimate Christmas movie, this is one of the absolute best action movies ever, certainly a fine reason why the 80's was THE decade for action movies. STORY It's Christmas Eve, and a New York Cop named John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies into Los Angeles to visit his estranged wife, but things … more
Simply put, this is an action-thriller masterpiece. This was more notable for the fact that compared to so many other action films, Die Hard had so much more tension, with the fact that John McClane (Bruce Willis) has to be really careful with his attacks against the terrorists, and that it's loaded with great action scenes and zingy dialogue. I will conclude by saying that aside from being a fantastic action film, it's also a great movie to watch on Christmas.
Undoubtedly the best of the 4 Die Hards and possibly the best action film ever made! It is definately my favorite action film. John McClaine is visiting his estranged wife at her office, the new Nakatomi building in Los Angeles. The office is celebrating both Christmas and the opening of the new building. Suddenly the building is invaded by what appear to be some heavily armed and very high tech terrorists who seal off the building and take all the employees prisoner. John, a New York cop realizes … more
Die Hard is a good and entertaining film that made a star out of Bruce Willis and gave Alan Rickman's career a shot in the arm as a screen villain. Despite many flaws and any lack of credibility, it's still a fun and watchable movie. The real star of this film is Alan Rickman. He makes a creepy and entertaining villain who acts circles around the cast. A visiting New York cop (Bruce Willis) is inside a high rise building trying to see his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia Mc Culken). … more
Action movies have been around for a long time (just watch some old Cagney or Bogart gangster flicks if you don't believe me). However, it wasn't until the late 70s and early 80s that action movies entered a new domain: that of the superhuman who blows lots of things up due to a big budget. DIE HARD set a new template in the action genre because Bruce Willis' character really isn't a superhuman, he's just a good cop who uses his wits to out smart the bad guys.The movie re-ignited Willis' film career … more