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½ January 10, 2017
One of the best action movies of all time. The plot is smart and actually believable, which is more than a lot of action movies can say. Rickman is incredible as a smart plotting German villains and he is matched by Willis who is also great as the bad ass wise cracking hero John McClain. Definitely a great Christmas movie
January 7, 2017
Classic never dying action movie from the 80's as well as a must see during the Christmas period. It has entertaining story, very charismatic leads, both the good guy and the bad guy, superbly acted by Alan Rickman, and a christmas background, and a lot of first rate action scenes: a fiery cocktail.
½ January 5, 2017
Funny how I'm pretty sure I've only seen this once until today. This is one of the best action movies ever made. It proved that Bruce Willis was (whether you like it or not) a box office draw and it certainly raised the standard for action movies. A great time.

Rewatch notes: Pretty much nothing much needed to add. Everything here is great. A lovely film debut of Alan Rickman.
January 3, 2017
In the 1980s, action movies tended to be the preserve of steroid-addled muscle men, machine-gunning their way to body counts of infinitude. At the decade's close, a TV comedy star and a sci-fi/horror director made a movie about a regular schmoe (albeit with a specialized skill set) in the wrong place at the wrong time and inadvertently made one of the greatest action movies of all time. Jeb Stuart's homegrown screenplay based on Roderick Thorp's novel maximizes the witty bantering between Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, but never slows the action in doing so, blessing Die Hard with a humorous machismo unique to the genre. In short it's big, noisy and exploitable fun but retains that sense of fury that shoots adrenalin through your system. Just the way it should be. It's sometimes easy to forget that John McClane was a product of the 1980's (only Holly McClane's hair and Elli's cocaine habit really signpost the era) but that's what you get for being a timeless classic.
January 1, 2017
Rating: 96%
With memorable punch lines, great acting, and a tense and thrilling script, Die Hard deserves its reputation as one of the greatest action movies ever made.
½ January 1, 2017
Die Hard is a classic Christmas movie starring Bruce Willis as a cop visiting LA. Die Hard manages to be both a high-octane action thriller and an overall fun movie to watch, there really aren't many negatives about this aside from being a tad long and predictable in my opinion. Bruce Willis is a badass and Alan Rickman eats the screen in his villain role. This is a great movie to pop in and watch without much trouble
December 31, 2016
December 30, 2016
Brilliant action film that remains not only the best in its genre but also the best Christmas movie ever made. The cast is superb across the board, with the principles giving the performances of their careers. Bruce Willis cemented his superstar status as John McClane, playing him as an everyman just trying to save his wife. He's not a muscle-bound superhero as was the standard at the time, but just a quick-thinking (and often lucky) cop who really doesn't want to be in this situation. He is matched brilliantly by the late, great Alan Rickman (in his first film role) as Hans Gruber, who crafts one of the great villains in film history. Gruber is a charming sociopath who is has no qualms about killing to get what he wants, but does it with such intelligence & style, you actually root for him half the time (it's not coincidence that 'Ode to Joy' plays when the safe is finally cracked open). Behind the camera, John McTieran keeps the film going like a finely tuned watch, with every character & subplot paying off. He also grounds it in a nice bit of realism (there are just 12 terrorists, and you count off as each dies) and McClane spends to first half of the film hiding from the terrorists while trying to call for help breakthrough in non-macho action heroes. The fact McClain gets his butt kick most of the movie & is an utter mess at the end (you'll never go barefoot again) just makes you root for him even more. The humor is fun as well, from McClane's classic quips to the terrorists small but human moments, from making bets on who dies to seeking a candy bar. Simply put, the best action film ever made and the best Christmas movie ever.
½ December 29, 2016
The poster child of action packed 1980's movies. Die Hard brings thrills for the holidays and keeps on giving all the way to the credits.
½ December 28, 2016
Most action movies - including most of the Die Hard sequels - use coincidence as a plot commodity. On the other hand, you have the original Die Hard which only uses happenstance to thicken McClane's situation and never to alleviate it. And is Hans Gruber the most interesting villain in cinema? It's at least worth a debate.
December 28, 2016
Why are you here, reading sodding reviews, instead of actually watching what I can only describe as the Citizen Kane of action movies?

GO, PEOPLE! GO GET YOUR DIE HARD-ON! (See? See what I did thur? May Zeus forgive me.)
December 28, 2016
5/5. Not only is Die Hard one of the greatest action films of all time, but it's also one of the best Christmas films.
½ December 27, 2016
This is a truly exceptional film and Alan Rickman & Bruce Willis are great.
December 25, 2016
Hands down the best xmas movie ever!
Super Reviewer
December 25, 2016
Die Hard was directed by John McTierman (Predator) and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York cop visiting LA to see his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and kids. Shortly after John arrives at his wife's big corporate Christmas party, the building is taken under control by terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his 12 henchmen who are using a hostage situation as a cover while they rob the company of its riches.

Is there anything to say about Die Hard that hasn't already been said? Not only did this movie effectively provide Bruce Willis with consistent employment for the rest of his life, but it also set the standard of action movies to follow. John McClane is an easy character to cheer for thanks to his charisma and sarcasm. If John McClane is the foundation for action protagonists to be build upon, then Rickman's Hans Gruber does the same for antagonists. In my humble opinion, Hans Gruber might only be second to Darth Vader himself for the best movie villain of all-time. His deception, ruthlessness, and composure make for a chilling enemy. Watching his ultimate demise is probably one of the more satisfying moments in action cinema.

Another thing I love about Die Hard is how fleshed-out the other characters are. The cop in communication with McClane (played by Reginald VelJohnson) is given some backstory that really helps develop his ever-trusting relationship with John. Holly McClane shows that she is having troubles with her marriage to John through the use of her maiden name when conducting business. Even one of Hans' henchmen is given a personal reason to bring down McClane early on. These simple traits do nothing but aid the impact of every scene.

There are even some subtle lines that end up having major impacts on the plot later on. In my most recent viewing, I caught a line from the sleazy executive trying to woo Holly about a watch he gave her. Next time you watch the movie, REMEMBER THAT WATCH. That's just one example of the layers of complexity given to this masterpiece.

Folks, obviously I love Die Hard and have nothing negative to say about it. It may very well be not only one of the best action movies of all-time, but one of the best MOVIE movies of all-time. Full of brilliant writing, rich characters, and amazing one-liners, Die Hard is clearly THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER!

Final grade: A+


December 25, 2016
In construction and tone this may be the most influential American action film ever. Also I must make mention of Bruce Willis' iconic performance as John McClane. Everything from the biting sense of humor to the glorious action sequences is unbelievably entertaining. This movie has it all. No doubt, American action movies would be very different were it not for this brilliant piece of expertly paced filmmaking. This generation-defining action epic is a Christmas treat for everybody!
December 25, 2016
"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."

Christmas is the time for love, peace, forgiveness, and sharing. It's also the time where a man in a white vest guns down at terrorists at the Nakatomi Plaza, with no shoes on.

Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever.

Merry Christmas everyone.
December 24, 2016
The quintessential holiday movie in our rural northern Michigan home !
December 24, 2016
Oft-imitated but never bettered, this is the film that (to the best of my knowledge) launched Bruce Willis - back when he still had hair! - to movie stardom.

It was also a tonal shift away from the action heroes of the early to mid 80s: here, John McClane is just the wrong man in the wrong place at the right time, rather than the one-man-army of either Stallone's Rambo or just about any of Schwarzenegger output! Bloodied and beat up by the end of the movie, Willis's McClean is perhaps more relatable than the likes of John Rambo: ironic, therefore, that later films in the series seem to turn him more and more into just that type of character!
December 23, 2016
A good character piece that's thrilling on the first few viewings, with some laughs and a great performance from Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. But an action movie, some say a "definitive action movie" and "the best christmas movie", not in my opinion. Very little action, and what is there is just alright. John Wick for action movie, The Night Before for christmas movie.
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