Die Hard still has a pulse

16 Feb


The original Die Hard introduces action movie fans to John McClane’s (Bruce Willis) brand of endless ammunition and memorable one liners. Unlike many of its contemporaries, Die Hard is still a good movie that entertain audiences  of from start to finish. McClane remains relevant because he is the “Everyman” of action heroes. Unfortunately, the sequels have not lived up to the first film’s billing, mainly because none of the villains have been as engaging and intelligent as Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). His accent and his patience with McClane while he attempts to steal 640 million dollars from the Nakatomi Tower. Most of Willis and Rickman’s dialogue takes place over walkie-talkies. The anticipation of the final showdown between the good guy and bad guy crescendos unlike any other action film from its era. The climax is bigger and better than anyone was expecting while Willis’ popularity explodes into stardom and several sequels over the next twenty-five years.


Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: B+

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