Wisecracking NYPD cop John McClane plans to reconcile with his estranged wife. His plan is thwarted by the terrorists who have taken her workplace hostage. In a bid to save his wife and her innocent co-workers, he brazenly attempts to defeat the bad guys.
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Caught this on TV this Christmas for the first time in years -- all the other action films I've seen in that time have helped me appreciate what a game changer this was. A raw, funny and surprisingly violent film that makes the most of its grounded set-up and provides ample amounts of real-deal action without going implausibly OTT as the sequels did. The blueprint for recent greats like "Dredd" and "The Raid."
YIPPEE KI YAY MOTHERFUCKER. Beethoven 9th symphony Ode to Joy. J. Mclane barefoot the whole time surviving a tower heist because he had to took off his shoes The close ups of the cig smoking The smokes and the flames the shadows all so stylishly shot The realistic feel of the shots It is all so impeccably smooth and rich in its contexture The whole visual look of Die Hard is so multilayered and full of substance. Wow
an architecture student's fever dream. sure, it's a cheesy action movie, but it knows it and it works with it. goofy and enjoyable. it's extremely interesting to me how the movie works spatially -- turning the empty-but-necessary areas in an office complex into areas the characters utilize for their own ends.
Great action movie and I never realized how much anti-capitalist sentiment and jabs at yuppie culture there were in it until I got older. I wouldn't call it a full evaluation of it, but it's most certainly there. If only more modern action films took from the steady characterization and attack-and-release of Die Hard. It may be mostly spectacle, but despite blowing shit up really good it feels properly developed.