Sunday, December 23, 2012

Die Hard (1988) review

Yippie-Kay Yay! It's John McTiernan's holiday classic Die Hard. Although this is far from a "Christmas" film, it has some Christmas songs and is set around Christmas time. The action in Die Hard is pretty awesome but it is the dialogue the crackles and lights up the screen even more. Bruce Willis delivers all his lines with awesome wit and power at the same time. Along with that, Die Hard has a great villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Add it all up and Die Hard is worth watching again and again because of it's entertainment value but also because of its smarts.

Die Hard centers around John McClane (Willis), a New York cop who travels to Los Angeles to celebrate Christmas with his estranged wife, Holly and kids who moved out to LA after a job opportunity came up for her. McClane heads to Nakatomi Plaza to attend his wife's holiday party but soon a group of terrorists led by Hans (Alan Rickman) and Karl (Alexander Godunov). Their goal is to take the money in the safe of Joseph Takagi (James Shigeta) and escape with a few other tricks up their sleeve. But McClane escapes before Hans can round him up and he leads a one man attack against Hans and his army.

First off, Die Hard is very entertaining. There is lots of action, lots of gunfire, and lots of twists. And it is a relatively simple plot, which is refreshing for a change. It's one of those films that you can just turn on and jump right into with out having to think too much. All the acting is great. Bruce Willis is stunning in his career-defining role and Alan Rickman is equally as good in his second most famous role after Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. The action is also expertly crafted. There isn't a ton of explosions or stunt-work, just good-old fashioned gunfire and fist fights.

My only complaint is that it is sometimes too simple. There are times where Die Hard plays a little too much like a video game. Okay, McClane killed this guy, let's see who's next. That is the plot of the middle section of the film. But no video game I have ever played is a smart or has as much great dialogue as Die Hard. That is what separates Die Hard from being another generic action flick. It's like this year's The Avengers, except with a lot more f-bombs.

Die Hard is definitely a film worth watching again and again. It is mindless and fun but also hilarious and well-done. On a side note, since most readers of my blog are kids and teens and I am
14 years old, I figured I would add that Die Hard is rated R and contains an almost constant stream of profanity and some moments of graphic violence. It's bloody but not gory. I won't suggest an age because that isn't my job but I figured that I would add that for readers.

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