John McTiernan

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

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Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Director:

John McTiernan

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Roderick Thorp

Starring:

Bruce Willis

Samuel L. Jackson

Jeremy Irons

Blurb:

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Thoughts:

This may be controversial, but Die Hard with a Vengeance is my favorite Die Hard. Obviously, the first one is a classic and I love it. The second one, though, is a complete rehash of the first, and while that’s fine, it’s a bit boring. The third one, with the addition of Samuel L. Jackson, cranks things up a notch, for me. I love the added attitude and humor that he brings. It is a bit longer than it needs to be, the first one has it beat there, but I’ll deal with it.

There are a number of plot holes in this film, but that’s always the case with action movies. Since the dialog makes up for it all I’m able to keep that from causing me to enjoy the movie. It’s fun to point them out while watching, but that just enhances the watching experience.

It would be nice to see Jackson’s character in the following movies, but I completely understand why his character wouldn’t want to have anything to do with John McClane. Zeus would not put up with McClane’s self-absorbed ass for long.

I’m halfway through the 90s, but I don’t believe I’ll make it through them by the end of the year. Christmas is coming and I have holiday movies to watch.

Classic Christmas Movie: Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

Director:

John McTiernan

Starring:

Bruce Willis

Alan Rickman

Bonnie Bedelia

Plot:

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Review:

“You don’t like flying do you?”

“What gave you that idea?”

“Do you want to know the secret to surviving air travel?”

Seriously can you beat that intro? They talk about toes! There’s a giant bear and John McClane smokes in the airport!

The good old days when a NY cop could travel to LA and still keep his gun with him, then light up in the terminal. Memories…

Anyway… It’s one of our Christmas traditions to watch this movie, though we watch it throughout the year as well. Die Hard hits all the notes of a Christmas movie but it doesn’t beat you over the head with the holiday so there’s no issue watching it the rest of the year.

I really love this film. It’s pretty much everything I want in an action movie and it’s a little spice in the sometimes overly sweetness of the Christmas season.

5/5