Bottom Line: Die Hard is a film that will make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year!
“I’m going to count to three. There will not be a four. One…two…three…” —Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Willis
Tense action thriller is the reason Bruce Willis is such a well-recognized name. It sets up when New York police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting L.A. with his wife. During a party on the thirtieth floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building, a terrorist group headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) take partygoers hostage. McClane must then take on the villains, even though he may be “no match for [them]”.
The whole holiday twist of this film threw me off a little. I had expected it, but I did not expect it to be so massive and noticeable. I would not say this is the best holiday film, but a good Christmas, I have now learned, should include a viewing of DIE HARD.
“Yippee-ki-yay, motherf—er.” –Bruce Willis as John McClane
That’s not at all to say this is a cheerful Christmas film. It starts out cheerful, and then begins to evolve into a heart-pounding, thrilling, bloody actioner.
I’d have to say that DIE HARD is now one of my very favorite action films. It has been considered both a classic and a cult classic, something I strongly agree with. Anyone into action films should be dying to see this if they have not yet; thrilling, gripping, violent fun.