Fun nonsense, full of proper real explosions and stunt work, and Willis's and Jackson's bickering, buddy chemistry that makes it seem lovably old school. Plus, Jeremy Irons has a charisma that explains why people would gladly die for him. If in any doubt to its quality, compare to the same year's "Bad Boys".
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.
A film about movement as much as it is about invisibility and territory. Movement through a city. Taxis, subways, bridges, and always dwindling time. Gruber is like a germ, disrupting the flow of NYC, creating chaos. The disrupted city becomes a vast gameboard for McClain and Zeus to navigate. Perhaps McTiernan's most daring experiment. Masterpiece.
The discarded script for Lethal Weapon manifests itself into a very watered down and disappointing Die Hard. Jeremy Irons makes a great villain, but being Gruber's brother is a big stretch. Jackson serves no purpose and McClane seems emasculated too much. Just not that interesting and one of the worst cases of edge enhancement on a DVD.