Friday, July 23, 2010

Die Hard (1988)

"Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker."

This movie stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, an NYPD Officer visiting his wife (played by Bonnie Bedelia) during a Christmas party at her workplace in Los Angeles. The workplace just happens to be the Nakatomi Tower, a breathtaking skyscraper in downtown. His marriage on the rocks, McClane is determined to make things right with his wife. Then a group of terrorists enter the building and hold everyone hostage... except one. John McClane. Now Willis, who at the time was questioned on being an action star, delivers here. He is a one man army trapped in a building of terrorists trying to save his wife. He is aided by Sgt. Al Powell (played by Reginald Vel Johnson) via radio. Powell is an LAPD officer who stumbles on to the situation. The chemistry between Willis and Johnson is comical at times and there is a mutual respect between the two. Willis is tough and hard and Johnson is fasinated by twinkies but the relationship works. The terrorists are headed by Alan Rickman who creates one of the most sinister villians in action movies, Hans Gruber. Rickman pulls no punches and although many over the years have tried to duplicate his performance few have succeeded. Die Hard is fun. Bottom line, even if you do not like action movies it carries a little of everything and once it starts strap in, you're in for one wild ride. 4/5 -tom

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