“Die Hard” is an action packed thriller featuring Bruce Willis as a hero cop who through a series of awe-inspiring stunts manages to save many hostages, one of whom happen to be his estranged wife, from a group of highly skilled terrorists. The movie has all the makings of a box office hit, and in most ways I think it delivers. I give “Die Hard” three and a half out of four stars for it’s impressive stunts, special effects, and entertaining storyline. I think this movie deserves high marks for more than just it’s special effects and impressive stunts. Despite the striking dramatics I think “Die Hard” did a good job in providing a deeper story through the relationships centered around hero John McClane. The rekindling of the bond between John and his wife provided a emotional appeal however I think the most heartwarming relationship was that between John and Sargent Al Powell who remained in contact throughout the entire course of the hostage crisis, Sargent Powell was a voice that John was able to draw strength from in times of desperation. Another strength in the film was Alan Rickman who played Hans Gruber, leader of the terrorists. Rickman did a great job as an actor in embodying the intelligent and over confident villain who in the end failed to come through on his plot to steal millions in bonds.
In response to the review by Roger Ebert, I agree to some extent with his assertions that the consistently wrong deputy police chief was an unnecessary addition to the cast. While I agree that the police chief did little to enhance the overall level of the film I do not think that he had such a negative impact either. I feel that despite the deputy’s needless addition to the movie I do not think that we can go so far as to say, “he undermines the entire second half of the film.” As far as Ebert’s assessment that the film displayed “superior special effects, impressive stunt work and good performances, especially by Rickman as the terrorist” I would have to agree completely.
Overall I think that “Die Hard” was a very good movie, with a strong plot that kept my attention, while not being over complicated or predictable. I have always liked action thrillers and this film is no exception, despite minor criticisms, the movie lived up to its expectations and excelled in many areas.