McTiernan's film contains some elements of interest. The last scenes are pure postmodern philosophy: the final heist is organized upon the limits of the video screens that make the thief impossible to be clearly seen. The eye has lost his fundamental position in the contemporary audiovisual society and the thief - the postmodern artist - can play with the images.
The bulk of the film is a war dance (or a mating ritual) between two apex predators, jumpstarted and concluded by two sequences that show just how good McTiernan is at action setpieces. The final sequence in particular is pure cinematic action; without the need of guns, fire, explosions, shaky cam, etc. Just employing creativity, editing, and a perfectly chosen music track.