Die Hard With a Vengeance

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Year of Release: 1995

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of: Die Hard (original), Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Live Free or Die Hard

Directed By: John McTiernan

Music By: Michael Kamen

Starring: Bruce Willis (as John McClane), Samuel L. Jackson (as Zeus Carver), Jeremy Irons (as Simon Peter Gruber), Graham Greene (as Detective Joe Lambert), Colleen Camp (as Detective Connie Kowalski), Larry Bryggman (as Inspector Walter Cobb), Anthony Peck (as Detective Ricky Walsh), Sam Phillips (as Katya), Nick Wyman (as Mathias Targo), and Kevin Chamberlin (as Charles Weiss)

Basic Plot: NYPD Detective John McClane faces off against a bomber who’s got a personal grudge against him.  Along with an unwilling partner, Harlem business owner Zeus Carver, he must solve various riddles throughout New York City in order to prevent further explosions in very public places.  But, things may not be entirely as they seem…

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: The chemistry between Willis and Jackson is terrific.  Jeremy Irons nearly steals the movie with his turn as the main bad guy, making him a truly memorable character.  Director John McTiernan delivers a great series of tense scenes and awesome action set-pieces.

Cons: Blatantly rips off the first Dirty Harry movie with the way the bad guy toys with McClane.