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A Short Overview Of The Die Hard Movie Series

By Albert Barry

Die Hard movies pretty much set the bar for action movies in the nineties. They are over the top, based almost entirely on the action, and aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. But with the advent of the newest movie, it is easy to see that their time has passed. John McClain is probably ready to be retired.

The first movie pits our hero against a group of charming bad guys, lead by the lovable Alan Rickman, who was the perfect example of an evil baddie that people love to see get thrown out of a building. John has to fight against this group on his own because none of the cops in the area believe that there is really a problem at the building. The great thing is that John is trying to get help, he isn’t just some crazy vigilante trying to do everything on his own. Eventually he does have to do it all on his own, but his success is mostly due to luck and his ability to keep going after getting his butt kicked.

The second movie gets a little more outlandish. John happens to be at the site of another terrorists/robbery scheme and happens to be the one that is able to stop them before anything truly bad happens. He is a little more gung ho in this movie, but he still tries to get as much help as possible from anyone else who is around.

The third movie encompasses an entire city. This time John gets roped in by the choice of the bad guys instead of just happening to be around for it. And even though the action gets a little more out of control in this movie, it is still in the realm of believable for an action movie. It also allows Samuel Jackson to show up and constantly complain about having to deal with John.

The fourth movie, though, takes the premise to an extreme that it didn’t really need to go to. Suddenly John McClain is some sort of super hero that can take on all comers. There is some fun scenes and there are some cool looking shots, but really it boils down to a single person suddenly seeming to be able to do things that only the super powered would really be able to do in real life.

These movies work better on the smaller scale. They don’t need to be the big adventures like the super hero movies. They are meant to be about a lone guy who is tough, but not powerful. He has to fight against a bigger group that is up to no good. These aren’t movies about a vigilante, these are movies about someone who just has a job to do and is trying to get it done without getting killed in the process.

This is a great franchise, but it was a product of its time. Films have grown too much since the first one was made. Action movies are a lot bigger these days, thanks to the bigger budgets and the advent of better special effects. Die Hard movies were big action movies for their time, but their time has passed.

Die Hard movies are never going to go away. People will still want to watch them for many years to come. There just comes a time when a new one can’t do justice to the franchise anymore. John McClain needs to retire and Bruce Willis can do other outlandish action movies in its place, and that way everyone will be happy.

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