New York police officer John McClane (Willis) travels to Los Angeles for Christmas to meet up with his wife and to try and work on his troubled marriage. He meets his wife Holly (Bedelia) where she works at the Nakatomi Plaza for a Christmas party. The party is interrupted when a group of German terrorists ran by Hans Gruber (The late great Alan Rickman) take over the tower and hold everyone hostage. As a cop, John tries to break up the party with the help of an LA cop on the ground, Sgt. Al Powell (Veljohnson) and all hell breaks loose. A volley of action and destruction ensues.
Bruce Willis at his finest! This film has everything you could want as an epic action film. Bad guys, destruction, action and a love story. All intertwined with that famous Willis humor. This film came at a time when we were seeing the same old action stars and we wanted something new. It also set a new standard in action films (at that time), arguably one of the biggest films to come out of the eighties. Rickman played such a good evil crook, and that’s what he was, hiding his agenda for money behind the guise of terrorism.
The film was well written and very well performed by all involved. It was a tense, thrilling ride watching this lonely cop beat a well thought out heist. It was so popular with the audience that it spawned many sequels which were also met with praise, well except for maybe ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ but more on that one in a later review. This film is well worth my status as a ‘Watch Again’ film. If you haven’t seen this yet then you are either five years old or have been living off grid far too long.