Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
Directed by: John McTiernan
Written By: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 54 min
Well what can you say about Die Hard? It’s pretty much the standard benchmark all other Hollywood action films are judged by isn’t it? Since its release, any film involving the lone hero taking on the bad guys got renamed – Die Hard on/in *insert location here* and it’s pretty clear to see why. This so completely realized from start to finish. It takes its time building characters you care about and root for, and provides us with a layered villain coolly played to perfection by Alan Rickman. Who inadvertently secured the villainous role for many a British actor for decades to come after this film! Bruce Willis also gives a believable performance as a guy caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and John McTiernan’s steady direction is brilliant.
If you’re into your action movies but for some reason haven’t seen and loved this already I suggest you buy yourself the Blu-ray disc as soon as possible. Even if action films are not your thing, I still think there’s something for everyone. The writing is really solid, and there’s a nice balance of character, action and humor to be enjoyed here. This movie earns its R rating due to some brief nudity, violence and bad language.
Best viewing format:
If it were available on a big screen, go for it. At home a HD viewing on a nice big TV is your best option.
Best moment for me: <very mild spoiler>
There are a lot of great moments in this film but the one moment that always makes me laugh is when McClane (Bruce Willis) gets the local police on the radio. They start to give him flak for using a restricted frequency to which McClane responds – ‘No F#@!ing shit lady do you think I’m ordering a pizza?!!” – hilarious!