Stone cold Christmas classic. Watching it with a inattentive/drunk friend proved to be a lesson in how good the screenplay is: "Why doesn't he take the dead guy's shoes?" - He tried that ten minutes ago "Why doesn't he take the lift?" - They explained that early on "Why have they got a rocket launcher" - That was also explained, they're all ex-military terrorist. Etc, and so on, and so forth.
McTiernan's obsession with the interloper is brilliantly reversed in his follow-up to "Predator": now our hero is the one who trespasses, stalking a jungle of concrete and steel beams. It's to McTiernan's credit that, despite countless viewings, each time I watch the film I feel like I'm discovering something new about the way the director masterfully utilized the sprawling, interconnected space of Nakatomi Plaza.
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.