Die Hard


Title: Die Hard
Year: 1988
Director: John McTiernan
Writers: Jeb Stuart & Steven E. de Souza, based on a novel by Roderick Thorp
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alan Rickman
Music: Michael Kamen
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing; currently #120 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 131 minutes
Synopsis: Thieves take over a skyscraper, with Bruce Willis inside it
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 2/10 (gets points for pacing and special effects/design) c. 2.0/4 (Indifferent).

Ah, the late 1980’s… when every movie released in December, no matter the genre, was infused with Christmas carols. Surprisingly entertaining for what it is. Filled with corny cliches, but fun. This sort of thing is why I love the IMDb’s Top 250 list: I don’t think anyone would seriously consider putting Die Hard on a general list of Great Movies, but people love it, so it’s on the list, no questions asked.


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