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Die Hard

A 1988 movie directed by John McTiernan.

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It's Easier to Drive a HumVee through the Camel's Eye ...

  • Jan 4, 2010
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... than for anyone ranking above Sergeant to qualify as 'heroic' in an American action film. "Die Hard" is a prime example; the two 'good guys' -- one the unkillable New York cop played by Bruce Willis and the other the overweight African-American desk cop -- are more resourceful, more decent, and a lot more intelligent than the snippy, snooty stupid deputy chief, not to mention the two egomaniacs from the FBI. It begins to seem that the old 'law' about rising to the level of one's incompetence is no longer sufficient. In American films, everyone tends to rise to the level of his/her insufferability.

Action films tend to bore me. The bare implausibility of most of them distracts me from whatever gut-level animal response I'm supposed to have to technicolor explosions and perfect bullet holes in bad dudes' foreheads. When Willis fell down the elevator shaft two stories and then caught himself by his fingertips on a metal edge, the film lost me. Seriously, American film fans and patriots, do you really get your rocks off watching your own FBI muck up and get blown to smithereens in mid-air? And by the way, wouldn't there have been falling debris whacking a few innocent bystanders? I.e. collateral damage?

"Yeah yeah," I hear, "so why did you watch it?" I watched it to share time with my teenage son, and for the even better reason that the only available alternative on a hotel-room TV that night was Harry Potter.

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review by . January 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
  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 …
review by . January 03, 2012
Yippie-kai-yay!
An off-duty cop (Bruce Willis) comes to the aid of hostages and fights the bad guys (led by Alan Rickman) against overwhelming odds; it's a simple plot, done many times since this 1988 thriller, but never done more effectively. The reason: This movie is well-written, well-directed, and superbly-acted. The script balances heart-pounding action with funny one-liners that always make me laugh out loud. Bruce Willis is wonderful as the Rambo-esque superguy who outwits, outplays, …
Quick Tip by . December 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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.
review by . May 20, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . May 20, 2009
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). …
review by . May 10, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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, ...
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