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1990s, Action, Die Hard

Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance (1995)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Jonathan Hensleigh, plus some original characters by Roderick Thorpe
Additional Info The script was originally developed as a stand alone production called “Simon Says”. It was later rewitten as a Lethal Weapon sequel before being purchased by Fox and suitably modified.
Director John McTiernan
Starring Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L Jackson, Graham Greene, Larry Bryggman, Jeremy Irons
Elevator Pitch Jkohn McClane is suspended from duty when a department store blows up in New York. Thereafter the station is called by the bomber, who starts giving McClane, and a man who has come to his aide, numerous difficult tasks in the city which if not carried out will result in further explosions. The bomber is identified as the brother of the man McClane overcame in the Nakatomi incident, hence it is thought that this is a revenge attack but is there an even more sinister plot being enacted?
Content Some explosions, one or two car chases and exchanges of gunfire. A lot of smart dialogue between McClane and the “samaritan”. Set pieces involving trucks, and underground pipes big enough for them to drive through, and a passing ship. The protagonists are beaten and bruised and I worried that McClane should have been wearing a bullet-proof vest rather than Fruit of the Loom.
A View This is old stuff now but still not a bad way of passing a couple of hours. It was quite well thought of by the critics who felt that the plot was ingenious, and it made a lot of money world wide. Not nearly as good as the original but still worth a watch if you like action movies and have seen any of the other Die Hards.

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