Monday, December 13, 2010

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): John McTiernan
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 131 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars for entertaining violence and pure bad assery

Continuing with my "Christmas Away from Home" theme, one reason that people may not be able to spend Christmas at home might be because they have to stay late or put in a few extra hours at the office. Nobody likes to be held up at work, especially on Christmas Eve, but I'm sure everyone's glad that they're getting paid to be there and not being held against their will by a bunch of terrorists.

N.Y.P.D. cowboy John McClane (Bruce Willis) is in L.A. trying to settle things with his wife when the company Christmas party they're attending is hijacked by a bunch of terrorists. The takeover begins when McClane is in another room changing for the party. Although he is able to hear them enter and escape without being detected by the group, he forgets to put on his shoes and has to run around barefoot for a majority of the film as a result. Willis is fantastic in the role of the wisecracking, tough talking, vigilante bad ass that is John McClane. Starring opposite of Willis is Alan Rickman who, before playing Snape in the Harry Potter films, made his debut in this film as Hans Gruber, the ringleader of the terrorist cell in this quintessential action film. As he slowly dispatches of one terrorist after another, he makes his way through the building and throws the proverbial monkey wrench into the works. Their plan is revealed to be a charade, initially posing as terrorists with extremist goals to attract the attention of the local authorities but their agenda was to steal over $640 million in bearer bonds from the company. With minimal assistance from the authorities outside, John McClane takes matters into his own hands and attempts to stop these wannabe terrorists before they can make off with a ton of stolen money.

What a lot of people don't know about this movie is that it's actually based on a novel entitled, "Nothing Lasts Forever" that is actually a sequel to the book, "The Detective". The original book was also adapted into a feature length film, of the same title, starring Frank Sinatra. Although there's plenty of shooting, explosions, and excitement in this film... the first shot isn't fired until 18 minutes into it, so expect a little story with your action.

Nudity: Apparently there was a brief nude scene where a woman's breasts are shown but to be honest, it must've been so brief that I keep missing it.

Gore: Tons of blood from people getting shot but nothing really gory or visceral like you would find in a horror movie. There aren't too many graphic depictions of people getting shot but there are a couple scenes that show the spatter on the walls resulting from a gunshot.

Awesome: to the MAX!!!! This is one of the most famous action movies of all time and it definitely stands the test of time. This movie was so awesome that it spawned three sequels and a line of video games that chronicle the adventures of John McClane between or after the movies.

1 comment:

  1. I liked the newest Die Hard. I never watched the others though.