The movie shows us an older John McClane, one who spends most of his time drinking and waking up with a stone-hard hangover. He looks like a mess, stinks off booze and doesn’t seem to care about anyone including himself, after he got separated with his wife Holly.
Things don’t go well for John McClane … but then fate steps in and he can go right back to shooting bad guys. Yippy-kay-yee!
The story is about a refined terrorist known only as ‘Simon’ who loves riddles and blowing up buildings in New York. He also hates John McClane and isn’t shy to show it, by ways of having our hero run naked through the streets or solve some ridiculous puzzle, connected to a bomb.
There is not much we can reveal about the bad guy, other than the acting of Jeremy Irons which is very good. He only comes into the movie pretty late, since you only hear his voice through the telephone the first half hour or so.
But you don’t need to see his face, not really! His wonderful accent and that easily recognizable crackling voice sounds like music to your ears …
The star of the show is of course Bruce Willis, and we cannot speak enough of his brilliant performance as John McClane. He was born to play this role. No one else could’ve, and would’ve, ever done a better job!
It’s not just that he’s shooting enemies or driving his car through Central Park (no, literally!) – it’s the faces that he makes while doing so.
Some people may not realize this, but – though Bruce Willis is more of an entertainer than an artist – he puts a lot of acting into bringing his character alive.
There is a real reason why John McClane is so popular with the audience. He is both funny and awesome to look at … a combination not many actors possess!
But this time John McClane isn’t flying solo! Standing by his side is Samuel L. Jackson who plays the part of a goodhearted father figure who gets dragged into the mess.
Back in the mid ’90s, Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t a big celebrity name (yet). He mostly played small parts in giant movies – Goodfellas and Jurassic Park are two of those – but with so much charisma, it was never a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
In Die hard with a vengeance, the African-American loudmouth shows his lighter, more comical side. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise, Samuel L. Jackson is nothing short of stunning! His character may very well be the best supporting role of the entire Die Hard-series …
If Die hard with a vengeance has one flaw, it’s that it tries too hard to implement a story amidst the action. Sometimes, especially in the first hour, the action is broken by a truckload of details that don’t really seem all that important.
The scene in the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) with Jeremy Irons and a small army of pale soldiers raiding the bank tends to get a little slow ...
Good thing this is still a Die Hard-movie … coz when John McClane appears on screen, things heat up very quickly. Bullets are flying everywhere, enemies are dropping like flies and it seems no one can stop the unstoppable New York cop.
Die hard with a vengeance is one of those action movies that’ll be loved for generations to come! It’s too good not to watch …
Did you know?
The stuntmen aren’t acting when they’re running for their lives from a subway car – it was travelling at 45 mph (72 km/h).
Give it to me short:
Die hard with a vengeance is a thinking man’s action movie, at least when you compare it to the first two movies. While this may sound interesting, the one flaw of the movie is that there’s a bit too much story development going on, breaking the fluency of the action. The filmmakers are doing a good job setting up the bad guy, but when his motive has to be explained, too much time and too many details are waisted …
But don’t let that stand in the way of what this movie is all about!
Die hard with a vengeance is a very good action movie. It’s a joy to see Bruce Willis return as the ever-rebellious New York cop John McClane. This time he teams up with a partner, beautifully played by a young and still quite unknown Samuel L. Jackson. The African-American actor shows his softer side as a goodhearted father, one who’s more worried about John McClane’s next move than he is about the bombs in the city.
Die hard with a vengeance might not be a masterpiece nor a classic. But it’s a very good movie all the way through. It’s one helluva blockbuster, one each action junkie should have in his personal collection!