Die Hard (1988)
Critic Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.
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Critic Reviews for Die Hard
There are good performances from everyone in this long, often funny, very violent but exciting melodrama.
Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word.
As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale.
McTiernan, who directed last summer's Predator, composes the action cleanly and logically, making good use of Jackson DeGovia's elaborate post-modernist set-the building becomes something of a character in itself.
In the first half of Director John McTiernan's movie, Willis wears an undershirt. In the second half he gets rid of it. And that's pretty much it for his performance.
Audience Reviews for Die Hard
An exhilarating all-time classic action movie that is not only impressively well directed and tense when it needs to be but also always surprises us with its well-written script and realistic characterization of its witty, flesh-and-bone hero, John McClane.
Remains a stone-cold action classic even by modern movie standards. The premise is widely inventive, the action is always tense, the comedy is on-point, and the cast is top-notch all around. The highlights are by far the charismatic Bruce Willis and "always awesome in everything" Alan Rickman, who have a fantastic hero-villain dynamic that the franchise would never quite capture again. The definitive "Christmas" movie for action fans everywhere.
Still one of the, if not the, best action film of all times. A great hero, a unique location, an excellent bad guy and plenty of kick-ass action. Doesn't get much better than this. Merry Chrismas!
Die Hard Quotes
|John McClane:||Yippie-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker!|
|Karl:||He wasn't lying about Marco. He's down on the street. The other one was Heinrich. And his bag is missing.|
|Hans Gruber:||He had the detonators.|
|Sgt. Al Powell:||In fact, I think he's a cop. Maybe not LAPD, but he's definitely a badge.|
|Dwayne T. Robinson:||How do you know that?|
|Sgt. Al Powell:||A hunch, things he said. Like being able to spot a phony ID.|
|Dwayne T. Robinson:||Jesus Christ, Powell, he could be a fucking bartender for all we know!|
|John McClane:||Glass, who gives a shit about glass?|
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