Die Hard (1988)

Guess what the next three movies I watch are going to be

Directed by: John McTiernan (really dug The Thomas Crown Affair and Die Hard: With a Vengeance)

Written by: Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart adapted from Roderick Thorp’s novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” which is as Bond as a title can get

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Gleason, Robert Davi, William Atherton, Hart Bochner and Mary Ellen Trainor.

What it’s about: a group of criminals stage a hostage taking of a high-rise Los Angeles building on Christmas Eve while an off-duty cop trapped in the building attempts to stop them

B-Movie Alternate Title: Christmas Eve Hostage

Movie Mash Up: Actually, Die Hard has pretty much inspired countless movie mash ups (Die Hard on a bus! Die Hard on a boat! etc.)

What I liked: For some people, it is just a loud, dumb action movie. For me, there are so many little things that make this movie great.  One throwaway line by a quickly forgotten character leads to John McClane’s (Willis) greatest pain in the movie.  The timing of the season is integral to the climax.  Those little things, so great.  The acting is far greater than you would normally expect in an action movie, from Willis’ everyman cop to Rickman’s unforgettable Hans Gruber to Hart Bochner’s Ellis defining the character of a douchebag, Die Hard gives you so much.

What I disliked: Nothing goes here.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Well not younger children, but after you hit about 13-years-old, certainly.  I’m sure kids of that age aren’t strangers to the language used, and while the violence is somewhat extreme, it’s nothing they haven’t already seen in their “Call of Duty” games.

Rating: 5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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