Dec 30, 2007

Die Hard

Die Hard
is the greatest action film ever made. It is entertaining, action packed, and full of all the bullshit stuff that makes action films American. Star Bruce “McClane” Willis shines as a stoic NYC cop who even makes a couple clever jokes. By far the best role I have seen Willis in. I have yet to see any of the other films in the Die Hard franchise. Maybe I should.

German terrorists make the ultimate capitalist villains in Die Hard. Terrorist leader Hans (played by English actor Alan Rickman) makes for a charismatic villain that that was never believable as a German (which makes Die Hard even better). Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) also stars as McClane’s Cop walkie talkie bud. Carl Winslow’s teen killing confessional is one of films most dramatic scenes. McClane even lets out a little empathy in response.

Limo driver Argyle is one of the best characters to ever grace Hollywood’s silver screen. His character acts as the silly African American character that can’t seem to hold a job because of his “goofiness.” What was Hollywood trying to say? Later Argyle knocks out a super evil African American computer hacking terrorist. Was Hollywood also trying to say something here? Is Die Hard a film that is supposed to go against stereotypes but then ends up being more racist than the stereotypes themselves? Was Jaleel “The Urkel” White offered a role as a German Terrorist?

Hollywood films are embarrassingly incriminating. Die Hard is no different. Sadly, Hollywood is no longer capable of producing propaganda films that offer any type of character. Especially in regards to excellently executed stylized propaganda. Die Hard would have made Sergei Eisenstein proud.

-Ty E


Anonymous said...

The other Die Hards are nowhere near as good as this one. I'd suggest just avoiding them, especially the newest one. It's pretty ridiculous.

Soiled Sinema said...

Honestly, i loved every fucking one of these films. Loved every film.

I am going to do a series review sometime soon.


jervaise brooke hamster said...

Alan Rickman = british scum.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

i`ve just visited IMDB again and guess what, thats right you guessed it, Heather snuffed it when this film was in production, as i`ve already said the fact that Alan Rickman is in this film always spoilt it for me to a certain degree but now that i know Heather bit the dust during principal photography its going to make it even more difficult to watch.