Die Hard


Action / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 94%
IMDb Rating 8.2 10 705784


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Bruce Willis as Officer John McClane
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro McClane
Robert Davi as FBI Special Agent Big Johnson
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23.976 fps
2hr 12 min
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2hr 12 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Matt Hooban 10 / 10

The Best Action Movie Ever Made?

There was a moment in an early scene of Die Hard when John McClane (Bruce Willis) is having an argument with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in the executive washroom in Ellis's office. It's scripted so that the two of them end up talking over each other about what McClane's idea of their marriage is, and it's such an honest depiction of estranged spouses that I find myself forgetting what movie I'm watching when I get to that part.

Granted, not everyone has a terrorist takeover of their office building to teach them not to take each other for granted, but it works here.

That scene is one of the great things about Die Hard, not because it contributes anything to the action, but because it contributes everything to the characters. Most action films before and after this seem violence-driven, but this one manages to balance the humanity of its protagonist, and I can't even begin to measure how much of that balance comes from that one scene.

I think the other thing that most defines the spirit of this movie is McClane's shoes. It's such an obvious contrivance, set up right from the beginning, but it's worked into the entire story so artfully that I have completely forgiven it every time I've seen the film. Of all the bad luck, to be caught in the middle of a terrorist attack and then have to chase the bad guys around a 40-story building, all without shoes.

But, as McClane himself says, it's "better than being caught with your pants down." I know how much of the plot and the action hinges upon luck, timing, strong fingertips, and the Rube Goldberg machinery of the FBI-terrorist interplay, but I really don't care. I still get caught up in the nervous moments of this movie 18 years later. I still ache along with McClane as he pulls a three-inch piece of glass out of his foot in the emergency lighting in the bathroom. And I still root for him to get the bad guy, rescue his wife, save his marriage, and meet Al Powell even though I must have scene this movie 30 or 40 times already, and I know he's going to do it again the next time.

This is a great film, and easily the best written and best executed action movie I have ever seen. But more to the point, and more importantly, it's a fun movie to watch, no matter how many times you see it.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 10 / 10

Not only the best of the Die Hard franchise but one of the best movies of the action genre

Even if the non-action parts are a tad slow in comparison, that is more than compensated by so many things that makes Die Hard so brilliant.

For one thing the action is explosive and consistently exciting, and the cinematography is astounding being very inventive and colourful. John McTiernon(The Hunt for Red October, Last Action Hero) directs briskly and efficiently, and the pacing a vast majority of the time is exhilarating.

Then there is a terrific score by Michael Kamen, some intelligent and witty scripting and a plot that doesn't feel forced or convoluted. Not to mention some excellent acting. As good as Bruce Willis is, yes his character is somewhat two-dimensional, but he is also resourceful and world-weary and Willis handles this really well, it is Alan Rickman who steals the acting honours as Hans Gruber. Gruber is cold, calculating, suave and menacing, in my opinion only Rickman could do justice to such a character. Overall, a superb movie, not only the best of the Die Hard franchise but one of the best of the action genre. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by hunter-friesen 6 / 10

Bruce Willis and explosions keep the film afloat while everything else drags it down

Before 1988, Bruce Willis was only known for the comedy TV series Moonlighting. Then Die Hard came out and be became one of the biggest action stars in the world. Everybody remembers his character, John McClane, as he battles terrorists with only his wits as a police officer. Apart from comedic roles from time to time, Willis hasn't looked back since, and really, why does he need to? He's the main reason the movie works at all since the rest of it falls apart and feels just as generic as every other 80's macho action film.

The film opens on Christmas Day as New York police officer John McClane has just flown into Los Angeles to meet his wife and kids for the holidays. He's been separated from them since his wife took a high-end job at Nakatomi Corporation. John meets her at the office Christmas party, which takes place on a very high floor. Once he arrives, German terrorists crash the party in order to steal millions in negotiable bonds held by the president of Nakatomi. With the building shut down by the terrorists and the employees being held as hostages, John must now use his police skills by himself in order to save the day.

Just like most 80's action movies, the plot is very straightforward and unfolds almost like a game of cat and mouse between John and his pursuers. This allows for multiple firefights and stunts to go down which results in a high body count and property damage. The film is great when the action is going on, but during slower times is when things start to deteriorate quickly. Apart from Willis and Alan Rickman, every character is pretty useless and doesn't have any valuable features. The film is also bogged down by its excessive 132-minute runtime that could have easily been shaven down considerably. There are side plots involving a news reporter, a hip limousine driver, and two take-no-prisoners FBI agents that seem to go on forever and end absolutely nowhere.

Die Hard excels in the technical categories such as gun fighting, explosions, and stunts. There's plenty of blood and bullets sprayed around the office as each floor acts as a mini guerilla war zone. The explosions are authentically done (they were done for real) and are impressive to watch thirty years later. The stunt involving McClane with a fire hose jumping off of the building is a great action cinematic moment that, like the explosions, still holds up years later.

Willis delivers perfectly as the lowly police officer that is out of his league. He gives great one-liners and plays himself as a modern cowboy that shoots first and asks later. Alan Rickman is surprisingly great in his first ever screen role. His character, Hans Gruber, could easily have been over the top and silly, but Rickman's balanced performance makes his character feel realistically calculated and cinematically evil. He's practically the perfect villain for an 80's action film.

The acting and characters get really bad once you move past the two leads. Some characters are just not interesting enough, such as John's wife. Some eat up too much screen time for what little they bring, such as the lone police officer who talks to John and the limousine driver. And then are some characters that are totally useless and idiotic beyond belief, such as the deputy chief, FBI agents, and news reporter. These latter characters really bring the film down and made me shake my head every time I saw or heard them on screen.

Even though it is overlong and has several pointless characters, Die Hard has two essential things going for it: Bruce Willis and explosions. Just as a pure film, Die Hard is passable, but as an over the top action film, it excels.

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