The movie that launched Bruce Willis to super-stardom and redefined the antihero action flick, “Die Hard” is one of those rare gems that truly stands the test of time.
If you’ve never owned a television or seen a movie and are somehow unfamiliar, New York cop John McClane (Willis) finds himself at a Los Angeles corporate Christmas party when a group of terrorists seize the building and take everyone hostage. The next hour and a half is 50% adrenalin and 50% bravado as Willis takes down the terrorists with improvised weapons, sharp wits and an even smarter mouth – and plenty of ridiculous escapes and escapades, all while clashing with the cops and the FBI who bungle their way through the incident.
His brushes with death are as harrowing as they are far-fetched. His one-liners have become the stuff of Hollywood legend. Willis gives a tour-de-force performance that made his name synonymous with the antihero role, despite the fact that the character had been around since the golden era of Westerns. Ridiculous? Yes. Without this film, there is no “Transporter” franchise and Jason Statham is an Olympic diver or something. But this film set the standard for implausible heroes, inept cops and silky smooth bad guys who are more than a scheme and a black hat.