If you haven’t seen my review on Die Hard and Die Hard 2, you can check it out HERE and HERE respectively. Let’s get on with the third part: Die Hard with a Vengeance You don’t really need me to intro this franchise, right?
Director: John McTiernan
When a store is blown up and the NYPD receive a call from the bombers asking for the suspended John McClane (Bruce Willis) to complete the mission set out for him, they run to grab him to pull him out of suspension to prevent other catastrophes. The rule is that Simon (Jeremy Irons) has now asked him to play a game of Simon Says and its full of riddles with deadly consequences if not completed within the time limit or following the rules that he sets. However, on his first task, McClane is asked to stand with an offensive sign walking down Harlem area for 5 minutes. He expects the worst to happen, but that is until a good samaritan Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) comes by to try to stop any crimes that could happen without knowing the situation that he has gotten himself into. They have no idea what Simon wants and why he has chosen to toy with McClane but all they know is that McClane and Zeus must follow the rules to prevent another explosion.
Honestly, this is similar to the feeling I get from Die Hard 2. There isn’t really much of the plot that I love (like the first one) but somehow, I found certain parts enjoyable. I do know what I do like about it. The most certain aspect I love about this one is the fact that it has now elevated to a duo with millions of differences that has to work together for the greater good. Plus, Bruce Willis as McClane is fantastic as always. He really sinks into this role in a great way. In this one, he’s paired up with the awesome Samuel L. Jackson. They make a great team and they carry this movie with humor and chemistry.
On the terms of plot, I guess I’d be lying if I think that it wasn’t attractive of who they set the main bad guy to be. Jeremy Irons was decent although we mostly heard his voice giving instructions. Of course, as any Die Hard, there is always a secondary plot and plan that unravels. It keeps the story interesting because there are multiple things happening.
There was one part that I laughed because of a cut scene that was made not correlating too well. These are simple imperfections that sometimes with certain viewings we’ll notice. There are some (after thinking about it, quite a bit) gripping moments because it does involve a lot of countdowns and bombs and last minute decision making to get out of yet even more tight situations. When does McClane not have to do that, right? Its almost the story of his life by now.
This action flick was cool for me. I had fun watching Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson team up and see how they worked as “buddies” with their own issues to deal with. It provided a lot of humor that helped lighten the intensity they had put there. Although this movie was all about fighting, it did try to add a bit of trick and games to help bring up the tense mood and drive us to see the plot with the subplot that was going on. I liked that balance. There is something that I feel is missing, maybe its yet again the villain who didn’t really seem to do too much, or maybe its just his lack of presence. Still, I found it an alright action flick. I would still say it was fun 🙂
What do you think? Do you know what missing factor I could be feeling but not able to express? Was there something out of place for you?