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Die Hard with a Vengeance

Published June 15, 2013

Die Hard with a Vengeance

Film info

  • Title Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Directors
  • Year 1995
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline Think fast, look alive, die hard

On the streets of New York City, police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) has just about seen it all. He's got a nose for danger, a penchant for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and a talent for overcoming incredible odds. But this time, danger is looking for him. Seeking a very personal and mysterious revenge against McClane, a malevolent genius named Simon (Jeremy Irons) is forcing the heroic cop to play a deadly game. The stakes: New York City itself. The game begins when a phone call from Simon sends McClane to Harlem, where he unexpectedly forms an alliance with the very unwilling Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson). McClane and Zeus soon find themselves careening across the Big Apple, pursuing the deadly Simon, who's always one step ahead of them.

Fast Facts

Title: Die Hard with a Vengeance Director: John McTiernan Year: 1995 Run time: 2hrs 11m

Background Info

I’ve seen the previous two Die Hards a couple of times, and in preparation for the fifth installment in the series, we wanted to catch up with the remaining two - which neither of us thought we had seen. It took an age to appear on iTunes in HD, but they brought it out eventually - presumably to encourage weirdos like us that like to watch things in the right order.

Live Blog

0:59 - We like to guess the cities. The yellow taxis always ruin the game! 3:46 - Fighting terrorists with a hangover, yea, that sounds like McLane. 10:51 - “I got a gun.” “They got ten guns.” 14:21 - It’s interesting seeing McLane in his normal working environment. 20:01 - It’s lovely to know your boss is on your side! 23:06 - Ah, it’s always fun to have mismatched partners forced together. 26:23 - Yay, I knew the riddle! 27:29 - This is like a high stakes version of Challenge Anneka. 32:48 - I can’t believe that you can just rip up the sidewalk and jump on a train. 36:31 - If a police person tells you to do something calmly, you sort of think there’s a reason to panic. 40:04 - Ooh, you know it is bad when the FBI get involved. 43:11 - “That thing in LA.” You can’t just write off a whole movie like that! 54:42 - “Heavens to Betsy!” 54:55 - Losing the plot a little bit. This is more complicated than the last two! 57:36 - Jeez, she’s terrifying. 1:01:30 - Gawd, I am loving these riddles. More films should need pausing to work out riddles. 1:05:12 - That was a sad realisation face, right there. 1:11:12 - Love that he wants to keep the gold. 1:12:47 - You can’t ask riddles of someone you just hijacked. They’re not that interested. 1:23:03 - $13 billion in one truck. It’s almost too much money for a deal to be relatable anyway. 1:26:58 - That’s brilliant - being blown out of a hole by water. Like a whale. 1:34:58 - “Oh boy, am I glad you talked me out of jumping!” 1:44:39 - There’s a bomb on the bus… boat. Whatever. 1:51:58 - He’s still on about the headache. 2:02:19 - I said about the phone as soon as it happened. Poor woman!

Conclusions

Complicated feelings about this one, which seems only right because it was a complicated movie! It certainly seemed to twist and turn a lot more than the others did, and it was quite a convoluted plot. The ending was a bit weird, too. But, having said all that, I really enjoyed the relationship between McLane and Zeus, their one-liners to each other were great throughout the film. The riddles were fun to play along with, particularly the water one, and overall it was just a fun movie to spend two hours with.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: Unrated

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