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Die Hard is an action film that was made and released in 1988.The film was directed by John McTiernan who has also directed other films like Predator and The Hunt for Red October. Die Hard was produced by two people Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver. Die Hard was made on a budget of 28 million dollars but the film grossed well over 140 million dollars and so the film was a huge box office success grossing well over the budget. The IMDB website rates Die Hard as 8.3 out of 10 and that is based on just fewer than 277,000 Votes.
John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) is a police officer from New York but is in Los Angeles to reconcile with his wife Holly McClane (played by Bonnie Bedelia). John is driven to a company Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza building and when he is changing clothes the party is crashed by Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman) and his gang who are heavily armed, the group take the building and then the people as hostages but John manages to slip away. John then manages to contact the police who send out an officer to check out the building, the officer finds nothing and so John is left on his own to Fight of a group of heavily armed terrorists all on his own.
Bruce Willis as John McClane
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro-McClane
Alexander Godunov as Karl
Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell
Paul Gleason as Dwayne T. Robinson
De'voreaux White as Argyle
William Atherton as Richard Thornburg
Good points and Bad Points:
Although Die Hard does rely heavily on special effects and some CGI I thought they were to a very high standard. CGI was hardly if even used in Die Hard because of how long ago the film was made and so Die Hard didn't really use CGI and mainly just relied on Special Effects. The Special effects in the film also were very detailed and very realistic when it was used which also makes the film look better and in my opinion, like I said before the film did rely a lot on special effects but they are not overused and they all fit into the film very well. The special effects made the film more entertaining in my opinion as there were many explosions as well as other things and these added to make the film more fast paced.
The picture quality was brilliant and so was the sound quality and this really surprised me because of how old the film is but the picture and sound quality was as good as the films that are released recently, the picture is colourful and sharp and the sound is very clear. Because the film is 131 minutes long it is a long film but in my opinion I thought it was easily watchable and the film is very entertaining and the film's story doesn't fell stretched. The direction I thought was superb, all of the scenes had the right camera angles and everything looked good throughout the film. Also all the scenes ran well together, and the lighting was really good as well. I think it adds a good effect to the scenes and film and brilliant directing.
The acting was brilliant too and the right actors were picked to portray the characters in my opinion.
The acting was very impressive, some of the actors in the film I hadn't seen before in other films but they were superb in Die Hard. All of the Actors also managed very well to show their characters emotions and feelings and so I was very impressed with the acting. Every one of the actors were also very easy to understand and all of the actors spoke clearly. The actors did very well in the action scenes with the fighting and other things as well.
The story is also well written and the film although is an action film it did have a few humorous bits added into the film which were very good and a welcome addition to the film. The story is also action packed and kick starts very quickly without any boring moments in the film and so this film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story did have sub plots and they were great, there weren't loads so they didn't oversaturate and make the film complicated but they did add to make the film more interesting and entertaining. The screenplay is as good as the story it's dramatic in places and it also has good dialogue. The story is also easily understood and isn't confusing. The story is also quite unique in my opinion and unlike other police action films.
There was a soundtrack in this film and it was great the music was loud enough to be heard but didn't over power what was happening in the scenes, also the music was very clear even when there was a lot going on and so the soundtrack was excellent. The Music also created some suspense in the film when it was needed and also made the film more dramatic in places. The Music in this film was very good and it also fit the tone of the mood which also added to the overall effect of the movie. Overall a very good and entertaining soundtrack that fit the film perfectly. I didn't really find any bad points with his film as I really enjoyed it the only thing that I could see that would put people off would be the length but as I have previously mentioned I thought it was easily watchable. The story does not drag and is very action packed and so the length isn't really an issue in my opinion.
Die Hard is the first film of four films so far with a fifth one on the way. The second film is called Die Hard 2 and the third film is Die Hard with a Vengeance and the fourth film is called Live Free or Die Hard and finally the fifth film to be released is 2013 is to be called A Good Day to Die Hard. Bruce Willis is to be in the fifth film as the main character just like he has played the main character in all the Die Hard films. I think as long as they can make a story they may continue you the films for maybe one more or even more.
Overall I really enjoyed watching Die Hard and think that it was an amazing film. The Special effects were amazing and all though the film relied heavily on special effects I thought they were all to a very high standard and so were very good and also they never oversaturated the film. The story and screenplay provided a very good story and the story is easily followed, also it is very action packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The sound track as I have previously mentioned I thought was superb and the actors all did an amazing job portraying their characters. Overall I really enjoyed watching Die Hard and I could easily watch this film again and I highly recommend it. The film does not drag and so is very entertaining and is easily worth 5 out of 5 in my opinion. The film is rated 18 and so is only suitable for adults.
5 Out of 5
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Every now and then a new genre comes along that is something that sets the film world alight and re-defines the meaning of entertainment. In 1988 when Die Hard was released was a very good example, not only does it take a situation of a person being in the wrong place and the wrong time but also manages to re-invent an action movie to lengths that it does away with opening titles having the actors name, but simply has a short overlay of the title coming together on screen. So we are straight into the story in one leap.
This was Bruce Willis's first big role in the cinema and also was his film that made him a veritable box office attraction; in the film he plays Detective John McClane who visits Los Angeles for Christmas to see his family. Picked up from the Airport by limousine and taken to a newly constructed office building in Century City, McClane realises that this isn't New York anymore and feels like a fish out of water in all fashions of the term. His wife is a Director within the Nakatomi Corporation who that evening are holding a Christmas function for all there staff with the senior leaders of the company present. After being introduced to his wife's boss McClane decides to freshen up in an office bathroom dressed in his white vest and trousers with no shoes. At the same time a group of would be terrorists are entering the building and have there own plans for Christmas, to the extent that McClane is trapped in the bathroom with his wife and thirty others being held hostage by a European group of terrorists.
Willis is the key player and through the mind games that are played out the character of John McClane is elevated from visitor to instigator to hero. Willis not only makes the role his own but manages to distance himself away from the past of Moonlighting to such an extent due to the fact that the character is a total blank canvass. However the character does evolve throughout and by the end you see him in a new position. The scenes that Willis shares with his on-screen wife, Bonnis Bedelia shows friction as well as angst and also loneliness that shows Willis can stretch his range.
This was also the first time that a British actor had been given the part of the villain, and a trend that still continues today. Thespian Alan Rickman plays the part of Hand Gruber. He is the leader of the band of infiltrators and displays an unusual charm and wit that is projected with a high level of class rather than a hot headed ferocity that this type of roll may have been given. Rickman is absolutely superb in the role as this re-writes the part completely, in fact in one scene he reads a quote to the hostages from his filofax, all this while wearing a stylish two piece suit. Definitely an eighties thing.
Action sequences are stylish and refreshingly don't tend to include Willis in all of them, the scenes with the SWAT Team entering the building are partially shown through security camera which adds to the immense tension further and gives the instigators more problems to deal with which in circular fashion means more issues for Roy.... or McClane. The reason behind this is due to McClane wanting to protect his wife and so he gives a force name. This name is Roy Rogers and gives a Western slant to the whole film with the story coming down to bad guys versus the good guys in traditional cowboy. Don't think that the end does a by the book ending either.
The script writers have cleverly realised that the hero shouldn't be a complete one man army, like Rambo, and unlike Rambo in this case the writers have given McClane back up in the form of a Policeman on patrol who is sent to the building to investigate a fire alarm that McClane set off as a potential distress signal. Twinky eating Sergeant Al Powell, played by Reginald VelJohnson effectively becomes the eyes and ears of McClane. Even though this is an action movie I felt that the addition of Powell grounded the story, subsequently without it becoming a buddy-buddy movie. Director Jiohn McTiernan delivers this film and uses every trick in the book to get the desired effects, he utilises the script sufficently to keep the audience intrested and slows the pace to deliver some killer blows.
There are a number of sub-plots that although are created by the incident, play an important part of the story. The news reporter that covers the story of the siege creates a vital twist that turns the plot on its head, and sends the film off in another direction, rather than just fizzles out and meander aimlessly. Thus isn't the only thing either as every now and then the story changes by turning a corner that adds to the suspense and pace as well as elevating the tension. In places you do tend to think that the forces bought into manage and oversee a "peaceful" conclusion such as the Police and the FBI are made fun off as they are made to look stupid on screen, not sure if this was addition of satire is done deliberately or as a piece of propaganda against the American government or even comic relief. I personally think this may have reflected the culture at the time. However what it does do is tell the story from another point of view and gives a quite interesting insight into Terrorist Management.
With a film of this calibre there is never going to be anyway that the story would be non-violent, in fact to assist the story telling it's a better option to have McClane running about the building in various areas in various situations. The logic of these are simply to entertain using the environment, and what it does is excel and make very good use of these. Okay some of it may have to be taken with a pinch of salt in retrospect in reality and the science of gravity and the probability that the chances of survival will dramatically drop. But the film turns a normal office block and turns the various floors as well as the roof into a veritable war zone that the underdog has to deal with. There is gore and there is blood, cold blooded murders when people don't get there own way is shown in blood red sharpness that does shock although gets the message across that the person who has created this does warrant a reason for doing this. You'll never see knee caps explode like this again on film!
Dialogue is sharp and spot on, there is a lot of swearing and the scenes in which there are arguments and even conversations have dialogue that is not at all over the top and keeps in with reality. Soundtrack by the legendary Michael Kamen is spot on with some high notes and adds to the various sequences quite nicely, in fact it does sound similar to the Lethal Weapon series, and however the music for Die Hard does have its own flavour and is instantly recognisable.
Overall there is a definitive reason why everything happens in the film and loose ends are tied up sufficiently that you won't ask questions as what happened to so and so. This is a stylish film that performed a "control+alt+delete" and launched a thousand impersonations to the extent of Russ Abbott even using the set-up in his comedy show; such is the popularity of the film. Only his version was Bruce Forsyth and not Bruce Willis! The film plays out exceedingly well; the whole synopsis of the film is fresh and original whilst ensuring that the story is progressed at a nice pace without the story falling flat on its face. The man is in the wrong place at the wrong time and its thankful that he is, if he wasn't the film would be very short and could be called Die Easy. Interestingly the building used in the film is actually belongs to 20th Century Fox who made the film!
Dean Martin never sounded so good!
Movie Length: 127 minutes
Director: John McTiernan
Country: United States
Bruce Willis as John McClane
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber
McClane Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennero
Reginald VelJohnson as Dwayne T. Robinson
The story is about a cop John McClane in the city of New York. It is the period of Christmas and John has flown to Los Angeles in order to go to his wife, who works there. He arrives on the day that her work is giving a Christmas party. When he arrives he first wants to freshen up so he goes in another part of the office, but the festival is brutally disrupted by a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber. This ensures that the building soon is hermetically sealed and all phone lines are down. All people are gathered together and held hostage, but it succeeds John here just to escape. Hans Gruber is in the building but for a simple reason, namely to steal 640 million U.S. dollars that is in the vault, but the difficult part is that the president of the company does not want to give the combination code. Here Hans has of course prepared himself and has taken materials for the vault to crack, just it will take a bit longer. Meanwhile, John is not standing still and moves through the building and kills every terrorist he encounters. This is of course doesn't go unnoticed and Hans quickly begins the hunt for John. Outside is always crowded with police and FBI and the pressure increases for Hans. Will he manage to steal the money and get away? And will John, his wife and the other hostages survive?
The performances are very good in this movie and especially Bruce Willis steals the attention! He plays the role of John McClane, a police officer who's certainly not shy of action and violence. On bare feet, he runs through the building, even through glass, not his own choice of course. Eventually he looks as if he lived for three months in the jungle! But this policeman has humor and is occasionally very funny, what makes it different for me than an Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator. Bruce Willis put down a great acting performance and is very credible. Certainly the hero of the movie! Another very good actor is Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. He is very good and like him together with Bruce Willis. You feel a certain tension that builds between them both during the film. Bonnie Bedlia plays the wife of John and also gives a good performance.
There are some extras on the DVD including a little extra behind the scenes of just five minutes. You cannot really call it a behind the scenes, but more like a promotional video. Besides this there is the additional trailer for the film itself.
If you like good hard action movies, then you will certainly not go wrong with this one. There are many violent scenes and a lot of fighting, weapons and blood. So the film is inappropriate for young viewers. The tension is good and story is well constructed. The film is certainly very good due the performances provided by a Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. These are both very good. Unfortunately there aren't many extras but the film itself is more than enough reason to buy this DVD.
Die Hard is the only film that can rival Lethal Weapon as the greatest action film of all time. Plotwise, it's not as deep or as dark as Lethal Weapon. But this film does have the better villain in Alan Rickman, who steals every second of screen time that he's involved in. Also, at times the action, though explosive, is a little less meaningful. So though it's second to Lethal Weapon, it's still above every other action film ever made and has a sharp script from Steven E. de Souza, along with ever excellent direction from John McTiernan, a man known for his superb action/thriller flicks.
Die Hard stars Bruce Willis in his first real blockbuster role as NYPD Detective John McClane as a man who arrives from New York in LA to see his wife and kids over Christmas. His relationship with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedilia) is strained because she left him for her job in LA, and is now far more successful than he is. She works at a Japanese company who has its offices in LA in a skyscraper (in reality the FOX tower in LA). John arrives, and he and his wife talk for a while before having an argument.
At the same time, a truck is moving across LA, and it eventually arrives at the skyscraper, parking underground. Another car arrives just outside the skyscraper, and two men get out. They walk into the tower and shoot the securty guard before locking the tower down. The truck underground opens up and armed terrorists get out, including their leader Hand Gruber (the brilliant Alan Rickman). They go up to the floor where the Christmas Party is being held.
Meanwhile, Holly has gone to make a speech leaving John in his office. Suddenly, the terrorists enter the floor and start to shoot and round up everyone. John is just about able to escape and manages to reach a floor further up the building, where he has time to think. He then realizes no one is going to help, so makes the decision to take on the terrorists himself. So it's the outrageous and lucky all American John McClane vs the subtle, clever and slick Hans Gruber, leading to some classic action scenes and a fabulous climax.
This is one of the most iconic action films of all time. Though it's not as deep as Lethal Weapon, this is still hugely entertaining. Bruce Willis is unforgettable as John McClane and this really was the role that propelled him into stardom. And he is matched by Alan Rickman in his signature role as the sleek villain Hans Gruber, which also had the effect or propelling him into stardom as well.
The action in this film is just outstanding. It's over the top, yes. But it's just so much fun. To save money, FOX allowed John McTiernan to use the FOX HQ tower in LA, so most of the action is centred around there. There are some classic shootouts, some huge explosions and a wonderful climax at the end, making this easily one of the finest action films of all time. Unmissable.
Die Hard (DVD)
John McClane NYPD (Bruce Willis) takes a vacation to Los Angeles to visit his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedilia) and attend her works Christmas Party but gets more than he bargained for!
While McClane is on the 30th Floor of the Nakatomi Plaza, armed terrorists are starting preparations to take over the building, hold everyone hostage and steal the $600,000,000 bonds, the entire contents of the vault.
International terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) was expecting an easy takeover and didn't bargain on encountering the have-a-go hero McClaine.
Along with outside aid from local officer Sargent Al Powell will Mcclaine regain control of the situation and lead everyone to safety before the FBI wade in and really spoil the party..............................
This film has got to be the best Die Hard film for the substance of the actors and characters. Hans Gruber has a brillian way of taking control of the room with one chilling stare, absolutely amazing portrayl of the character.
The only character who I thought was lacking a lot was Karl (one of Grubers henchmen). He didn't seem to really get into the character and seemed distant from it.
My favourite parts of this film (and all the other Die Hards) is the amazing stunts and the witty and hilarious one-liners from McClane and of course the famous saying: "Yippie-Ki-A Mther Fu**er!!!"
Really amazing watch along with the rest of the collection. Would recommend this and the others as the best action films of all time!!!!
Probably one of the best action movies of all time this is a real classic and great fun. I've watched this so many times and never seem to get bored of it. I'm a great fan of Bruce Willis and although he has gone on to show more depth as an actor he is perfect in this role and he makes this movie what it is.
This 1988 action movie is directed by John McTierman and written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. It is based on the 1979 novel by Robert Thorp titled Nothing Last Forever. The film was made on a $30 million budget and went on to gross $138,708,852 world wide and was followed by three sequels.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is a tough New York cop who flies into Los Angeles to spend Christmas Eve with his family. Meanwhile on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi corp building where his wife works there is a christmas office party in full swing.
Unfortunately International terrorist have taken over the building and hold everyone hostage including McClane's wife. What the terrorist don't realise is that McClane is in the building and stands between them and and a potential robbery of $600 million in bonds.
An absolute cracker of an action movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. Bruce Willis is brilliant as McClane and the character of McClane was made for him. The character of McClane is a likable hero who is rough around the edges and successfully blends action with funny dialogue. The film is packed fall to the brim with great one one liners and is witty and exciting from start to finish. Alan Rickman perfectly performs his role as the sophisticated villain Hans Gruber. Not a film to be taken too seriously so just sit back and have fun.
I've seen the original Die Hard film more times than I can care to remember, not because I occasionally catch it on TV, but because it's so good! I hadn't seen it in a while, so the other night I dug it out to see whether it still packs a punch.
If you have never seen a Die Hard film, then obviously this film is a good place to start. Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a New York City cop who flies out to see his wife who now works for the Nakatomi Corporation in LA. McClane is estranged from his wife and hopes that this trip will help reconcile the differences between them, however, when he gets to the party at the Nakatomi Plaza the building is overrun by terrorists led by the evil Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). McClane plays a game of cat and mouse with the terrorists and does his best to kill as many as possible.
Die Hard can be seen as a modern version of The Towering Inferno crossed with Dirty Harry and to many was the first time we were introduced to new action star Bruce Willis.
Willis here turns from rom-com TV star into 80's action hero in around twenty minutes. It's a seamless transition and would pave the way for Willis to be seen as a more believable action hero than pumped up stars like Schwarzenegger and Stallone. It's a good performance, but he still seems a little wet behind the ears, the McClane character wouldn't really come into his own until 1995's With a Vengeance. The film just seems a little bigger than Willis unfortunately. The McClane character is an inspired creation thanked heavily to Willis' no nonsense delivery of deadpan lines and chain smoking throughout. He's kind of an updated Dirty Harry - even though the last Dirty Harry film would be released the same year (The Dead Pool -really, don't bother!).
Alan Rickman also makes a fantastic villain. Here his thick German accent is perfectly suited to Hans Gruber - uber psycho. Rickman would have made a great Bond villain in the old days when you know bad is bad - here he doesn't have to shout, but he is as menacing as a villain needs to be. He snarls and seethes at McClane who just happens to be the thorn in his side. Rickman played a similar role in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and seems to have been born to play the bad guy.
It's also good to see pock-faced Robert Davi as the doomed FBI agent here as well, a year or so before he too became a Bond villain in License to Kill.
Its the action and sheer spectacle that sets this film apart from others of the same age. The series of shoot outs on the top of the building and the clever lift shaft scene still stand up today as really thrilling action. Director John McTiernan (Predator) is the perfect choice for clever action setpieces and while the film has a long running time the action and tension is brilliantly played upon throughout. The tension mounts and mounts leading to a satisfying conclusion.
Die Hard is a fantastic slab of action that set the way for films to be made in the late 80's and 90's. Several sequels followed, which I might also dig out for review.
Often copied, but never really bettered, Die Hard still packs a punch twenty two years after it was made.
PS - Just seen the DVD cover here on Dooyoo - bet they don't use that one anymore!
Bruce Willis shoots to stardom in this classic action film about a NYPD cop that flies to LA to be with his wife who is on business in a massive skyscraper. However, terrorists soon hijack the place and it's up to John McClane (Willis) to save the day.
This action film is way above your average low budget actioner. It contains high class action sequences, good character development, well explained plot and some good one liners.
Alan Rickman plays the main villain, Hans, who, as the movie unfolds, is really hijacking the place to rob it.
But you wouldn't realise that it was really all happening for a simple robbery what with the blood splattering that goes on in this film and the complex methods the villains use to go about things.
Alexander Godunov plays Karl, Hans main henchman who, with his steely eyes, is an intimidating character and is desperate to kill off McClane.
The film can take it's time to set up the plot and characters at first but there is some good action sequences to be had here, mostly involving guns.....surprise, surprise.
Willis is great as McClane, his character never really gives a monkeys about any situation he gets himself involved in and sometimes you wonder if he has a death wish.
Overall, this is a solid action film that deserves it's classic status and is a must see!
This is one one of my favourite Bruce Willis films and for me the best of the Die Hard series that were made over the years. It is action-packed for most of it and is great fun to watch, however probably not suitable for children.
For me this really made Bruce Willis and turned him into the big movie start he became. He is fantastic in his role as John Mclane as he added life and comedy to it with his wit and charm. John Mclane is a New York cop who is visiting his estranged wife Holly played by Bonnie Bedelia. She works in an office in Los Angeles, but as fate would have it this building is targeted by a bunch of ruthless terrorists led by Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman.
While all the office workers are herded off into one area by the criminals John, who was in the bathroom at the time they stormed in, sets off on his own personal mission to bring them down. From then on it is him against the terrorists and he causes mayhem and provides them with more than a nuisance.
The film is fantastic and keeps you hooked with the explosions, fights and relentless action.
Bruce Willis is funny throughout even despite the adversity he faces and brings some humour and wit to the role otherwise this would be more of a serious film. I felt myself warming to his character as the movie progressed and wanted him to come through.
This is a real rollercoaster of a movie that you have to see if you haven't already.
Die Hard is often considered one of the best action films of all time, it's no surprise that it is. Die Hard focuses on Bruce Willis as John McClane, who is off to see his wife at the Nakatomi plaza for the Christmas party. However a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) invade, and McClane is brought in the middle of it as he single handedly goes into battle with the terrorists.
What makes this so different from, say the Steven Seagal films or the Van Damme films is that Willis' character is just so much more likable. He is the average man (well, he is a cop and has had some training in combat, making just a bit above average), but the fact is he gets hurt and he has emotions. It becomes really easy to relate to him. He isn't just a huge Stallone-esque fighting machine, a one man army. He relies on Sergeant Allen on the ground to help.
The film mixes in incredible action, explosions and gunfire with emotional scenes and comedy, so you get a bit of a break from the killing. It's very well made, and incredibly thrilling. It's every guy's favourite action film and there's definitely a reason for that. The plotline is solid, the acting is good and all in all, it's just one of the best films I've seen.
First of all Die Hard is one of my favourite action films. The plot isn't exactly complicated but still very enjoyable so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the film. The film was released in 1988 and stars Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, it is the first film in the Die Hard franchise.
The plot is as follows...
It is Christmas Eve and John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in LA to try and reconcile with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) John has travelled from New York where he is a police officer. He is chauffeur driven to the Nakatomi Plaza building where Holly works and is invited up to their Christmas party. After his long flight he enters the bathroom to tidy himself up, whilst in the bathroom he hears a commotion. John soon discovers that the party has been crashed by terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).
All telephone lines have been cut and everyone has been sealed in as all exits and entrances are covered and the security guards have been replaced with Gruber's men. The people from the party are taken hostage, meanwhile John manages to escape into the main stairwell without being seen to try and stop the terrorist's plans.
Now that John has escaped into another part of the building he decides to try and mess up their plans by killing the terrorists and trying to foil their plans. It soon becomes clear that Hans Gruber is not a terrorist but in fact after $640 million in Bearer Bonds which are kept in the Nakatomi vault. The police however are still under the impression that they are dealing with a terrorist group.
Will John manage to save his wife and her colleagues and can he succeed in stopping Hans Gruber from stealing the $640 million.
The film is available to buy for around £4.99 on play.com and has a classification of 18. The running time is 2 hours and 7 minutes. The DVD does have a few special features but nothing amazing there is the Original Theatrical Trailer and Filmography/Biography featurette.
In my opinion Die Hard is a classic action film that is still fun to watch even though it was released way back in 1988. It is full of action and is very watchable from start to finish with something always happening there are definitely no boring parts in this film.
The character of John McClane is played by Bruce Willis he portrays the hero very well as he tries to stop the hostage situation all by himself whilst also trying to save his wife. I don't think the character of John McClane could have been played by anyone else.
I do have to say that my favourite character in the film is Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman who portrays the villain of the film brilliantly. He really steals the scenes that he is in and makes great viewing.
The film could be classed as being a little cheesy and over the top at times but that doesn't really bother me. This is one of those films that I could watch over and over again and not get bored. The plot flows really well and the story has been thought out quite well by the writers.
I'm sure that most people have seen this film but if you haven't - where have you been!
Die Hard is one of the best action films and definitely one of the top 80s movie. It made Bruce Willis' career and the Die Hard series spawned 4 more movies - culminating to Die Hard 4 release in 2007.
--- the BASICS ---
Die Hard is an action thriller film released in 1988. It starred Bruce Willis as John McClane - an eventual household fictional name. The film is directed by John McTiernan. The plot is actually based on the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" published in 1979 written by Roderick Thorp. The DVD was released in 2007 nearly 20 years after the film was made.
--- the PLOT ---
A New York cop arrived on Christmas Eve to her wife's party in Nakatomi Plaza, a tall skyscraper in LA in order to reconcile with her. When he arrived everything seemed calm so he disappeared off to the loo - guess what happened. Terrorists after wealth raided the building with high tech equipment and hostages were taken - the party guests. As McClane was in the toilet he was spared and went on a cat-and-mouse chase through the building. With only one gun and lots of brain power can he himself outmanoeuvre the terrorists? Will he receive the help he needs from the LA police department? Can he rescue his wife and end up with her again? Watch the film and see!
--- what I THOUGHT --- (!!SPOILERS!!)
The Die Hard series and many other action movies suffer from one thing - the main character is invincible. McClane took millions of bullets but is never killed - just mildly wounded (see Last Action Hero - an excellent spoof). Other than this Die Hard is anything but just another action movie. Its excellent plot, edge-of-the-seat action and clever moves leave its viewers guessing what will happen next. You always know McClane will save the day - but how he does it is the question. There are some unbelievable bits - like at the end of the movie how one of the terrorist escaped from certain death by hanging off an iron chain will never be known. But the believable aspects overrule most of them - especially when the LAPD decided not to co-operate with McClane and start ruining his plans. I think the movie is gory enough to attract attention and is not excessively violent.
--- CONCLUSION ---
The Die Hard series started with an excellent film. The second one would (in my opinion) surpassed it and became the best in the series but this one is definitely on par with that. I would gladly spend an evening watching a re-run of this film and I have indeed bought the DVD - not a lot of extra features just the standard (subtitle, commentary, trailers etc). The film itself is the defining of action movies and has become a benchmark for other producers to look up to since.
Die hard is a 1988 Action thriller directed by John Mctiernan and starring bruce Willis as the wisecracking John mclane and Alan Rickman as the villian hans Gruber.
The film follows the Unluckly John mclane as he is at the wrong place at the wrong time, stuck in a sky scraper as it is over taken by A group of terrorists.
its up to Mclane to stop the bad guys and save the day, even though its the last thing he wants to do. John Mctiernan has crafted an excellent film with well drawn out character who all get a moment to shine. The standout is its main star willis who is charasmatic and also a worthy action star. His personality is easy to like and you root for him all the way.
Alan rickman excells as Gruber who looks to terrorise anyone in his path. His line spit venom at anyone in his way and although his performance is almost pantomine, it works well against willis and is one of the best good bad guy chemistry on film for a long time.
The action is frequent and stick in your mind due to there originality. the film has no flaws and is great at drawing you in, with lots of great side characters and plenty of laughs throughout.
The film is A great watch and one to buy on DVD.
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Die Hard stands among the very best action films of all time - it's an utterly scintilating film that launched Bruce Willis into the limelight, featured an amazingly villainous performance by Alan Rickman, and also spawned three mostly good sequels. This is one of the seminal action films and in terms of sheer thrills, has rarely been topped, safe for perhaps Terminator 2 and Aliens.
The film opens on Christmas Eve, as NYPD Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is trying to patch things up with his wife, Holly Gennero (Bonnie Bedelia), from who he is separated. He turns up to her company's Christmas party, and whilst in the bathroom, the building is overrun by terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). However, McClane manages to escape into a stairwell, remaining undetected. From here, he must use his wits and guile to outsmart the terrorists and save the day.
This is a hugely entertaining film in large part thanks to Willis, who really makes great work of the amusing tone, delivering the incredulous lines with a real frustrated gusto. Perhaps the best of show though is Rickman, whose delicious turn as the villainous Gruber is absurdly good - from the accent to his sheer dapper appearance, everything is great. The action sequences are also spectacular, notably as McClane runs through the building, blasting baddies away with his machine gun. But this isn't just a dumb run and gun film - he defeats them with his wits and cunning, meaning the film never gets stale, and in fact it's one of the more smart and clinical action films ever made.
One of the greatest action films of all time, Die Hard is an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Willis is immensely likable as John McClane, and Rickman likewise thoroughly detestable as Hans Gruber. A wonderful action film.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) was just planning on spending his christmas with his wife and children in Los Angeles to rescue his troubled marriage. However moments after arriving at her office for a Christmas Eve office party, a group of terrorists sweep in and take everyone including his wife hostage at gunpoint, except from John who attempts to rescue everyone inside.
The New York City copper heads higher up the building too try and find help. I won't spoil the plot for those that haven't seen it but its most certainly one of the best action films that I have ever seen. You'll see gunfire, explosions, shattering glass, fire and the added touch of humour during the film.
It's definitely one to watch, its certificate is an 18 but in all honesty will probally be classed as a 15 today. I enjoyed this film so much that I now own the quadrilogy which is actually superb. All are fantastic films but I believe that this one is the best.
This seminal 1988 thriller made Bruce Willis a star and established a new template for action stories: "Terrorists take over a (blank), and a lone hero, unknown to the villains, is trapped with them." In Die Hard, those bad guys, led by the velvet-voiced Alan Rickman, assume control of a Los Angeles high-rise with Willis's visiting New York cop inside. The attraction of the film has as much to do with the sight of a barefoot mortal running around the guts of a modern office tower as it has to do with the plentiful fight sequences and the bond the hero establishes with an LA beat cop. Bonnie Bedelia plays Willis's wife, Hart Bochner is good as a brash hostage who tries negotiating his way to freedom, Alexander Godunov makes for a believable killer with lethal feet, and William Atherton is slimy as a busybody reporter. This film is exceptionally well directed by John McTiernan. --Tom Keogh