Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Die Hard With a Vengeance Review
If you've seen The Last Boy Scout, you know that Bruce Willis is a master of smart ass comments when interacting with a person that doesn't share his character's "Joe Blow" view of the world. So, when you give him a sidekick that is more than twice the actor of Damon Wayans (I like Wayans. But I'm not naive enough to think he's a good actor.), you get interactions and dialogue that are absolutely top notch. Samuel L Jackson plays the angry black man with a chip on his shoulder perfectly against Bruce Willis' "I just want to survive the day and don't care about anyone's politics" John McClane.
Combine that great duo with some very good action sequences and a story that is actually pretty tight and you have an action movie that can be watched over and over. The action in Vengeance is top notch as well. Having the heroes run through Simon's games as a diversion creates an element of tension that the first two didn't have as much of. So, even when there are no chases or explosions, the viewer remains interested.
It isn't the best Die Hard. That title still belongs to the original. But it is far from the worst. It's a great action movie with a terrific pace. See it.