Name one movie that Bruce Willis is known for and most people will say Die Hard. Sure, he's made a new name for himself in recent films like The Sixth Sense, but that movie didn't star him. That movie starred a little kid that saw ghosts. Die Hard marks Willis' good old days where good movies could result from watching burnt out cops gets bloodied up by terrorists.
That's basically the plot of Die Hard, which pits NYPD cop John McClain inside an Los Angeles skyscraper that has been taking over by terrorists. With the local police locked out, it is up to McClain to rid the building of the bad guys. Yes, it is simple but it works, and it works well.
Despite some cheesy lines, Die Hard races along from beginning to end, mixing comedy and action together without ever really losing the seriousness of the film. While there are lots of intended laughs, the thing that makes Die Hard so great is that it is able to do that while keeping the storyline and action sequences intelligent.
I've seen Die Hard more than few times, but most of the action scenes remained in my mind after the first viewing. This is a classic movie, to say the least. Bruce Willis gets beaten to a pulp yet the villains end up worse, there are lots of gunfights, lots of technology, lots of comedy, and a big explosion. A really big explosion.
Looking from a critical viewpoint, there are some times when McClain does what he does for the sole purpose of making another suspenseful action scene, but by the time the movie is over, you've forgotten about it because Die Hard is just so damn fun to watch.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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