Quick Verdict – Ho Ho Ho, terrorists at Christmas
I was far too young (about ten) when I watched Die Hard for the first time. It would have been early 90’s and I saw it on video cassette. My Dad had recorded it off ITV and it had the half hour break in the middle for the 10o’clock news. I probably wasn’t allowed to watch it, but I think I said I was going to watch something else that was recorded on the tape. Masters of the Universe might have been on there.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it for the first time. It was amazing. This guy was just a normal cop, and he got dragged into a terrorist situation on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Plaza out in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, talk out bad luck.
Now I have two older brothers, so I had seen a lot of action films by the time I saw Die Hard. I’d already seen Lethal Weapon at this point, but I jumped out of my chair when I watched Hans Gruber shoot poor old Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi in the face. Never fear though, John McClane is here to save the day and singlehandedly kill all the terrorists, one by one.
This is the 80’s action flick at its finest. I challenge you to find a better film in the same genre. I have seen Die Hard at least 50 times, and I still get as excited as I did the first time, and that’s rare in a film. It’s the benchmark that every action movie since has aspired to and in a lot of circumstances, failed. If you are watching Die Hard for the first time. ‘Welcome to the party, pal.’
Die Hard is perfect. Yippee-ki-yay motherfucker.
Watch this if you like –
- Lethal Weapon 1-4
- Die Hard 2-4 (not 5)
- The French Connection