#11 Die Hard (1988)

Look, I’m not a professional critic so I still have a conscience. After bashing Blind Date (1987) yesterday I felt kinda bad and decided to make it up to Bruce by watching this one once again.

This is one movie that’s executed in such a perfect way that I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Scenario in a sky scraper, lead character, just the right kind of baddies, overall pacing and so on. In its genre, there’s no better action movie than this.

It’s a role Willis was born to play or then he just really soaks the character up perfectly.

Top blockbuster action movies at the time, starring the likes of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Chuck Norris relied greatly on heavy weapons, oiled pecs and an almost invincible lead characters. John McClane is balding, normally build New York cop going through nasty divorce. It’s in this character where the genius of this movie lies. Instead of marching around the skyscraper room to room armed with two machine guns, McClane hides, he struggles and ultimately just barely survives by last minute thinking.

90 minutes of pure awesomeness, a tight action thriller and truly one of the best movies 80’s has to offer.

80s-o-meter: 94%

Total: 100%


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