Movie Reviews: Die Hard With A Vengeance




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     20th Century Fox (1 hr. 52 min.)
     It's Die-ing time again.
     Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons
Bottom Line:


     This is the type of movie where, okay, we've seen it all before, but we can't get enough of smart-aleck remarks, explosions, car chases, terrorist who are bad shots, and breakneck action. Bruce Willis recreates his role as Det. John McClane who always ends up in the wrong place at the right time.
     This time around, McClane is playing a deadly game of Simon Says with a terrorist who is randomly setting off bombs in New York City. McClane is singled out by Simon (the nom de plume of the mad bomber), to find hidden bombs in the city. Why you might ask? Because McClane killed Simon's brother in the first Die Hard.. I should mention that I found it hard to really enjoy this movie without thinking about the Oklahoma bombing victims, because there are plenty of scenes of innocent people being blown away.
     Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) reluctantly helps McClane after McClane is forced by Simon to wear a billboard in Harlem with a racial slur written on it. It doesn't take much to guess what it said. Jackson and Willis' energy keep the movie going with wise cracks at the right time to relieve the film's tension in this breakneck roller-coaster thriller.



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