Monday, August 17, 2009

Die Hard (1988)

Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a New York cop who has just arrived to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his family.  While visiting his wife at her company Christmas party, terrorists take over the building.  Their plan is to rob the company of millions of dollars.  Unfortunately for them, McClane is there to protect and serve... Pain that is.

"Die Hard" is a great action movie.  It has everything an action fan needs.  It has great violence, explosions, tension, and it has some good puns.  You don't really get a lot of time to get to know Bruce Willis' character, but you do relate to him.  Director John McTiernan does a good job establishing exactly who this man is in the first 20 minutes of the film.  In that short amount of time, we learn that he is a man who is in love with his wife, but they had problems because of her job.  She had to move to L.A., but he stayed back in New York.  It is a struggle for their relationship and he seems to have regrets about the way things turned out.  This makes the viewer have sympathy and gives a sense of realism to McClane.  It makes him a likable hero.

I like the relationship that Willis has with Reginald VelJohnson.  VelJohnson plays a cop who is in communication with Willis through a walkie-talkie.  They don't meet until the end of the film, but during this crisis, they seem to really become good friends.

Alan Rickman does a very good job playing the villain.  Rickman is good in everything that he does and this is a fine performance.  His death scene is great.  Showing him fall from the 30th floor of the building was a great stunt. 

The "Die Hard" franchise is one of the most successful film franchises of all time and I can see why.  It is a thrill ride from start to finish.

B  I recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. It's been a while since we've had something as enjoyably bombastic and explosive as this. It feels like a summer blockbuster: A little dumb, a little smart, and a lot loud.

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