8:00 PM, 2nd November, 2007
Bruce Willis is back! No longer a married cop, McClane is now working for Homeland Security. On his way to deliver a young hacker into custody, they get stuck in a major traffic jam, the result of a cyber terrorist attack! The United States computer infrastructure is being hacked, in turn affecting the traffic light system, and soon the banking networks and the stock market in an attempt to bring the American economy down!With the aid of his very own computer hacker, McClane once again is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time! It soon gets personal though, when the cyber-terrorists kidnap McClanes daughter! The Die Hard series has been a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. Die Hard 2 amped up the violence, one-liners and strange coincidences ("how can the same thing happen to the same man on the same day?") under the helm of Ronny-Pirate Island-Harlem. The original director, John McTiernan returned to great form with Die Hard With a Vengance, which introduced Samuel L Jackson to the mix, at the same time sharing the limelight with the team-work of the NYPD. Bruce has had a hell-of-a-ride with his action-movie career, even having the honour as being the first actor to be digitised and 'star' in his own action-video game ("Apocalypse"). If it gets to the point that Bruce will start using Danny Glover's one liner; "I'm getting to old for this..." it's refreshing to know that a quick 3D model can fill in the gaps.'
10:15 PM, 2nd November, 2007
Die Hard is the 1988 action movie which shot Bruce Willis from the small screen into a bone fide action movie career! Before Die Hard the action movie hero was typified by a superman. Die Hard broke that mold by introducing a hero who was an ordinary man thrust into extraordinary circumstances, something that the majority of the audience could relate to. This new action hero was a fish out of water, who made mistakes, got hurt and was always the underdog. Heck! Even superhero movies now are revisiting this at some rate (Batman Begins, Daredevil, Casino Royale and Spiderman)This new formula paved the way for a new genre of action movies, allowing movies such as Under Siege to catapult Steven Seagal to action-movie stardom: Speed, which catapulted Keanu Reeves to action movie stardom: The Rock and Con Air, which catapulted Nic Cage to action movie stardom....getting a pattern?
Bruce is John McClane, a New York police detective who arrives at the Nakatomi Plaza in LA to visit his estranged wife, Holly, on Christmas Eve. A gang of terrorists (or are they? Hmmmm...) soon invade the building and account for all of the employees / hostages.
However, there is one who is unaccounted for, and pretty soon our McClane is a fly in Hanss ointment, as this ordinary man does his best in extraordinary circumstances.
So my friends, sit back, take off your shoes, grab a large section of fire-hose and yell Yippee-ki-yay, Yippee-ki-yay indeedy!'