Die Harder. Fabulous. So, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is picking his wife up from Washing Airport where they are visiting her parents. But there is also a really dodgy terrorist being flown in for some reason. And it is the middle of the Christmas rush (Christmas Eve to be exact). Of course, there are several cop-like authority figures who don’t trust McClane’s instincts and end up looking like fools. And then the terrorists start doing awesome and awful things, like making a whole plane crash-land on purpose. Planes are left circling, waiting to land, and fuel is running out. And there is a wise old African-American man who can solve many of their problems, if only someone would listen.
Yup, still wonderful. Action galore, massive explosions, running and desperation and that great dialogue. Just… wonderful. And Holly still gets to be a bit kick-arse, so that’s nice. Oh, and look out for a young John Leguizamo and Robert Patrick amongst the cast. Nice.
WHAT? You haven’t seen this film? Stop reading, go to your local video shop or find some way to watch it online, whatever you need to do. But you need to meet John McClane (Bruce Willis) and you need to see him saving the hell out of his wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) and ruining the plans of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), one of my favourite baddies of all time.
It’s just wonderful – a great action film with some great lines, cool shooting and running and awesome explosions, and a reminder of a time where things seemed a bit more innocent. For example, can you imagine now if a guy identifying as a NY Cop said he was in a building that had been taken over by terrorists? The response would be unlikely to be ‘stop wasting our time and resources. Fine, we’ll send a desk cop on his own, and then he can be the only one to trust you’. Times have really changed. Oh, and there aren’t many women in it, in fact, I think it is just the wife character, but she is a bit tough. Sure she needs saving, but there’s only room for one real hero. But she’s not bad.
PS, this is my favourite Christmas Film.