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Best Action Movie Ever

Updated on March 25, 2017

The original Die Hard

I absolutely LOVE the original Die Hard (1988)! Without any reservations I can honestly say it is the BEST action movie of all time. It got everything right for an action movie. It had Bruce Willis as the scrappy NYPD officer put in the wrong place at the wrong time, claustrophobic settings, big action, great writing and great actors playing the villains. Every piece of the action movie puzzle is in place. It may not be perfect, but it was the beginning of a new era of action movies. It sets the standard for all action movies that come after it. It is hands down the best action movie of all time.

Yippee Ki-yay, Mother******!!

— John McClane

Die Hard: the sequels

After the success of Die Hard, sequels were only inevitable. Four sequels were made, and as each sequel came, they felt less and less like a Die Hard movie. They wanted to be fresh and new, without straying too far from what made the original work, but actually just got further and further away from the successful formula.

As the Die Hard movies become less and less like Die Hard, other movies are trying to be more and more like Die Hard. The latest Die Hard's in the White House confirm that.

The Die Hard formula is that John McClane is put in a place that has people that need to be saved, and eventually uncovers the villains real plans, the twist.

  • In Die Hard it was a building
  • In Die Harder it was an airport
  • With a Vengeance it was a city
  • Live Free or Die Hard it was the entire USA
  • A Good Day to Die Hard it was........Russia.....Chernobyl....not really sure

The problem with the sequels was they got bigger and bigger in scale, each one had to top the last, until it no longer had a Die Hard formula.

Now I have a machine gun.

— Hans Gruber

A Good Day to Die Hard

This brings us to the latest sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).

What to say about this movie?

First, the major problems and head shakers in a nutshell:

  • Shaky cam! Some shaky cam's too much when you can't even see what's happening on screen.
  • Jai Courtney- Cliched character, no personality, having McClane's son in the movie was just plain stupid.
  • John McClane- Was written all wrong, never felt like John McClane.
  • WTF moment- McClane just punches a Russian driver in the face for no reason.
  • Villains- Awful, weak
  • No one to care about, who is John saving????
  • WHY, OH WHY, does John McClane keep saying he is on vacation? He is NOT on vacation, he went there to get his son!!!!!!!!!!!
  • No blood on John McClane for first half of movie??!!
  • The twist only partially works.
  • John McClane does a lot of just standing in streets and hurting citizens?
  • John yells, "Jack" a lot.

BUT, besides all the major issues, the action is what these movies are about, and this movie has a lot of it. Mostly exciting and crazy good action. It's really the only good thing the director John Moore got right. He really was the wrong man for the job(just look at the junk he directed) and the script and concept sucked. As movies like Mission Impossible take their time to get the right director and story and get better and better, Die Hard's are seeming thrown together and getting worse.

All in all, this just does not feel like a Die Hard movie at all.

As a movie, A Good Day to Die Hard is a mediocre action movie. As a Die Hard movie, it is the worst in the franchise and shouldn't even be associated with the Die Hard name.

Bruce Willis needs to do what Tom Cruise does with Mission Impossible! Take the time and care to make sure it's being done right.

I hate to say it, but it seems like Mr. Willis does not care about the franchise and is just in it for a paycheck. It is a shame, because we all know he has it in him to be the best man to save the day, but someone needs to save Die Hard first.

Now I know how a TV dinner feels.

— John McClane

The future of Die Hard

Yes, there will be a Die Hard 6, tentatively called Die Hardest, and is to set in Tokyo. This excites and scares me.

If they do it right, and get back to basics with the franchise, it can be a good thing. Stop trying to make an action movie and make a movie about a vulnerable John McClane trying to save people and create a great villain to go up against that has an equally great plan.

Perhaps, in Tokyo, John could visit a new Nakatomi building? A full circle for the franchise, bringing John back where he started.

Whatever the story, it needs to get far away from where this franchise sits now and get back to what made it great in the first place. A man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Let's hope it doesn't come to this!
Let's hope it doesn't come to this! | Source


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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! It's very rare these days to get a good quality action flick, of course it is even harder when all modern action flicks get compared to the greatness that is the original "Die Hard"!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You got it Jimmy. The Die Hard movies are moving downhill at an incrediblespeed! As has been said here in your comments there are other films that made great sequels, but as you've said, Die Hard isn't one of them. The first was truly the best with the best characters and action.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for your comment! Fingers are crossed here too, lol!

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      jmartin1344 4 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Really like the hub, and couldn't agree more! It's always a shame when this happens - I still watch the sequels because I feel attached to the franchise and I love it, but all the while I know I'm not really watching a good movie. Fingers crossed for the next one!

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut


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      brianjanuary 4 years ago

      For me, the original "Die Hard" is the best action movie of all time!

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Yeh, the last Rocky and MIB were very good. I wish all sequels were that good.

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      Alex deCourville 4 years ago

      I doubt that they will by this point - Yeah, Rocky and Men in Black had good sequels after dud sequels, but those are definitely the exceptions.

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Alex, I keep my fingers crossed they will turn this around. It can be done. Maybe, lol.

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      Alex deCourville 4 years ago

      Die Hard is one of my favorite franchises. I loved the first ones - I even liked Live Free or Die Hard (even if it doesn't feel entirely like a Die Hard movie) but after what I've heard about AGDTDH, I think I'll keep away.

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      Jim Laughlin 4 years ago from Connecticut

      So true! Sequels can be fun if done correctly, but more and more are just crap. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub Jimmy, I completely agree with, a lot of movies besides Die Hard are being ran in the ground by sequels that are just ridiculous. I'm actually beginning to think the movie company's are running out of original ideas.