John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what’s going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called “Simon Says”. He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he’ll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated up. —IMDb
A master craftsman notable for his almost Hitchcockian ability to create suspense and keep action moving at an exhilarating pace, director John McTiernan began his involved with theatrical arts early in life. His father was an opera singer, and McTiernan made his theatrical debut at age seven playing bit roles in his father’s shows. After high school he became involved with summer stock, where he directed, acted, and designed until attended Julliard and New York University, where he studied film. He then became designer and technical director at the Manhattan School of Music.
McTiernan went on to make over 200 television commercials before making his feature film debut by directing the fantasy horror movie Nomads (1985). He followed that up with Predator (1987), a sci-fi action film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that spawned a franchise.
In 1988, McTiernan helmed his best-known film, the blockbuster Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis, the film was a hit with both audiences… read more
It makes sense that the original architect of the "Die Hard" series, director John McTiernan, would be the one to completely redefine the series and its parameters with this third installment. When "Vengeance" moves, it really moves; although the screenplay is at least somewhat indebted to the blockbuster formula of "Speed," McTiernan's work here stands tall as one of best Hollywood action films of the 90's. While the film admittedly struggles to maintain its momentum after an exhilarating first hour, there is something undeniably compelling about McTiernan's panoramic view of NYC in 'emergency response' mode.
This is both crazy and off-the-wall in all the right ways. Sure it´s loud and stupid but it really delivers action and suspense by the minute which is the whole point. The chemistry between Willis and Jackson also makes the movie very entertaining.