Jul 13

Film review – Die Hard (1988)

Film review – Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

Rating: 10/10

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, De’voreaux White, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Bruno Doyon, Andreas Wisniewski, Clarence Gilyard, Joey Plewa, Lorenzo Caccialanza, Gerard Bonn, Dennis Hayden, Al Leong, Gary Roberts, Hans Buhringer, Wilhelm von Homburg

Directed by: John McTiernan

Review: Film review – Die Hard (1988) – The very definition of action film this one started a new franchise with four others to follow Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. Bruce Willis stars as the New York Police Department officer John McClane who when visiting his wife Holy played by Bonnie Bedelia ends up fighting a group of terrorists who have hijacked the building she works in. The Nakatomi Plaza building is a new building owned by the Japanese company Holy works for and a group of staff are having a Christmas party when John arrives. While he is waiting in an office for his wife to speak to the staff the hijackers led by Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman seize the staff. John manages to escape their clutches and then sets about trying to make the rest of the world aware of what is going on. Having killed a terrorist he eventually gets the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) to check the building and when Sgt. Al Powell played by Reginald Veljohnson starts to drive away thinking there is nothing wrong McClane drops one of the dead bodies on top of his car. Surprisingly this is the beginning of a friendship conducted between the two men via radio as the try to help each other get through the situation.

The film is a series of carefully crafted action sequences inter-spliced with some classic one liners. There’ll be hand to hand combat, gun fighting, explosions, edge of the seat tension and anything else you can imagine an action film should have.

Bruce Willis proved perfect for this role and never looked back, Alan Rickman plays an excellent baddie and Reginald Veljohnson supports well. Not my genre but great entertainment.

Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.

Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.



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