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Review: Action Movies Don't Get Better Than DIE HARD - Movies In Focus
Die Hard is a great example of the Hollywood studio system getting moviemaking right – the film is a perfect storm of story and talent coming together. It is hard to fathom that the action-thriller was such an unknown quantity when it was first released in 1988. The set-up is simple: Bruce Willis’ New York Cop, John McClane arrives in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). However, the Nakatomi Tower Christmas party is crashed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his group of terrorists, intent on stealing millions of dollars worth of bonds from the company vault. When Die Hard was released in the summer of 1988 Bruce Willis was known primarily as a comedic television actor, and he only won the role of John McClane when it was turned down by Arnold Schwarzenegger (it is often erroneously believed to have been developed as a sequel to Commando), Richard Gere and a slew of other stars. John McTiernan’s career was hardly noteworthy either, having only directed two films – one hit (Predator) and one flop (the Pierce Brosnan thriller Nomads). However, there is much more to Die Hard than Willis’ star-making turn and McTiernan’s deft [...]