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Die Hard With a Vengeance -- Starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson

Jan 22, 2005
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Pros:Willis, Jackson, great action, well thought out plot

Cons:the villain

The Bottom Line: Die Hard 3 is a great action packed film, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.


Usually when a movie starts kicking out sequels, it tends to take away something from the original film in a series. But, then there are other times where the sequels are able to continue the original story, and they bring something new to a set of films. With the Die Hard franchise, I have found the latter to be true, as we are able to see the main character put into new and different situations. With the Die Hard series, we are actually able to enjoy the development of a particular character, while still being able to see the same qualities that makes him great. In this instance, we have Bruce Willis starring as Detective John McLane, or the New York City Police Department. Time and time again, he has been put into situations that force him to go past the limits of his physical abilities, and make him use every skill he has acquired on the job.

As an alcoholic, McClane has not been taking great care of his body, and his life outside of police work is in utter shambles. His wife has separated from him, and he has nothing to show for himself but the job that he does. It may be in part because of this, that he throws every part of his being into making sure that he gets that particular job done day in and day out. It is because of this that he is such an interesting character to watch, and more often than not, we are in awe at what he is willing to go through in each installment of these films. In this particular film, John McClane is forced to take on a would-be terrorist who has a cunning plan to take New York City to its knees. McClane normally works alone when he takes on villains, but this time he needs help, and finds it in the most unlikely of places.

Samuel L. Jackson plays Zeus, a store owner in a seedy part of New York City. Jackson's character is caught up in one of the events that happen to McClane. Forced to be involved by the terrorist who sees him around McClane, he becomes an unwitting member of a set of tasks that McClane must accomplish during the day. Zeus is not very happy about being involved in the whole thing, and makes his opinion known any time he has the chance. Both characters are taken on a whirl-wind tour through New York City trying to stop the terrorist before he can accomplish his main goals. He appears determined to blow up all of New York City, and along the way the audience is thrown right in the middle of some great action sequences that make this a thrill-ride not to be missed.

Jeromy Irons plays the terrorist who appears to be hiding his true intent behind everything he is making these two participants do. He makes them go from task to task, threatening that if they don’t complete each task, something bad will happen in the city. This seems to be a ho-hum way of doing things, but the way it is played out on the screen makes everything about it VERY exciting. The only problem that I see in the movie, is the casting of Jeremy Irons as the terrorist who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I find him to be a very likable guy, and as an actor I like him as well. Which makes it very hard for me to see him as a psychopathic killer, like he has been cast in this film. I had a really hard time convincing myself that he could be as cold as we were supposed to think he was. But, the story outshines his characters role, and I was able to just go along with it.

Die Hard 3 stands out above the first two die-hard movies for me, because of two main things. First, I love movies where it makes you seem like you are really in the middle of the action, rather than being on a set in Hollywood. With the live action shots through downtown New York City, we are brought a lot of realism, by riding along with the main characters. The second part I loved, was the addition of Samuel L. Jackson to the cast. By having him involved in the dramatic sequences, the film is taken up a notch. Die Hard will never go down as one of the best movies ever made, but I feel that it really holds its own within its own genre. It is an action-packed, mile-a-minute film that never telegraphs what is coming next. Because of that, I have purchased it for my collection, and highly recommend that fans of the genre do exactly the same.






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