Review: Die Hard

Yes, I know, I know, I’m a few years behind on this one! Plus I also watched it at the completely wrong time of year considering Die Hard is technically a Christmas film…

Anyway, after coming across it on Netflix on a quiet Friday night, I thought it was about time I educated myself to what is considered to be one of the greatest action movies of all time.

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NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis – with hair!) travels out to Florida to spend Christmas with his family. While visiting his wife at her work, German terrorists headed up by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), take hostages and plan to blow up the building.

Seeing as this is the film that made Alan Rickman a household name, no bad words should ever be said against it. However, Die Hard is well and truly a product of its time with its gun touting, head smashing ways. It’s pretty safe to say that Die Hard is the most stereotypical action movie, simply because any action movie for the past 20 years looks straight to this film for inspiration.

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It’s obvious why people like this film so much – it’s big, brash, bold and more importantly, it’s fun.While the decor and language is definitely typical 80s fare, and the storyline is more apt and accurate now than ever, the idea of one man taking on an entire band of terrorists while crawling through air vents  is every macho mans dream.

Die Hard hasn’t aged particularly well, what with the 80s hair, fashion and culture – I don’t think there’s been a film with so many people smoking in the last 20 years – but that doesn’t make it any less of an enjoyable film.

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