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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Die Hard with a Vengeance


To avenge the death of his brother (Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber from the 1988 original) Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) unleashes a string of terrorist attacks on New York and sends NYPD Leiutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) and cab driver Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) driving all over New York in desperate bids to stop them in a sadistic, deadly game of Simon Says, while Simon steals $140 billion in gold bullion.

The action is fast-paced with quick editing that results in no dull moments, and that really is explosive and fast-paced, full of machine gun fire, car chases, crashs and explosions. The whole idea of the Simon Says game is also a very good idea, and makes Simon such a sadistic and cold-hearted antagonist, which a film of this genre usually needs. However, no events/incidents in the Simon Says game get any proper development, creating a real sense of too many ideas being crammed in to the just over two hours running time. As for Simon himself, he may be sadistic, but he is too one-sided and underdeveloped, making him a rather artificial antagonist. Die Hard 2 (1990) was nowhere near as good as the original, but these flaws stop this third film from being as good as Die Hard 2. It may be fast-paced and action packed, but it isn't well written, with little development.

Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp, Larry Bryggman, Anthony Peck, Nicholas Wyman, Sam Phillips, Kevin Chamberlin, Sharon Washington, Stephen Pearlman, Michael Alexander Jackson.

Saturn nomination: Best Action/Adventure Film.

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