Die Hard movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This excellent action-thriller starring Bruce Willis is a great flick to save to Christmas Eve. There’s definitely some strong violence, but teens will love this classic!


Hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, John McClane, an NYPD officer, arrives in LA and tries to save his wife and several other people taken hostage in an office building.

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Movie details

Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
Writer: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
Release Date (Australia): 6 October 1988
Runtime: 132 minutes/2h 12m
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content includes sustained senses of peril and threat.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes shootings that are accompanied by depictions of large bloody sprays and spatters.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “motherf**ker”.

Drug Use (M)

People are very briefly viewed snorting cocaine.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief breasts nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Die Hard’s pacing fails to consider moving quickly, but hell, it never lacks its electrifyingly moments of heavy, tense and complex action. Without a question, it IS a sincere action-thriller. By the end, Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman deliver the typical action movie performances, but are awesome greatly as heroes and villains at the same time. Bonnie Bedelia also deserves some acclaim as well.

Die Hard successfully presents gripping characters and personalities, but does it do the same with the story? Yes! The film’s first 20 minutes focus on introducing the lead characters, the main location and the situations taking place. All of a sudden, surprisingly us simply and effectively, the action and tension begins, owning the ability to last to the end of the film without boring us. The action is very full-on and tense; spot-on perfect for true action fans.

It’s slow-paced, meaning it’s not a fast film and feels as if it lasts a while. However, no time is completely wasted and it’s just incredibly diverting. Fascinating characters and story are probably all Die Hard truly needs, but of course, the execution included great effects! Gripping dialogue and big amounts of suspense are also participants here. What else could you need? It’s a great addition to the action-thriller genre.

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