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My Top Twenty Action Films: #6 and #5

Updated on March 13, 2013

6. Die Hard

Die hard has been nominated many times and in many places as the ultimate action film and also the film that all action films post have learnt or taken something from.

I am not too sure about that, but I am sure the film is a infinitely entertaining.

I struggled about which Die Hard film to choose. The last two (4 & 5) were not all that so it was out of three. If asked I would probably put the second as my favorite of the three but I think the first has something that the others do not.

Die Hard starts with NYC cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) landing in LA for his wife's (Bonnie Bedelia) Christmas party. The party is taking place in a new (for the 90s) state of the art building.

His wife moved with his daughter for the new job but he could not get the transfer from his job.

Things get off to a bad start when Mr McClane finds out Mrs McClane is going by her maiden name and not her married name and after a short positive reunion, it causes an argument these ceases to be resolved until the end of the film.

Post argument, German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his associates take over the building in order to crack its high-tech safe and make of with the expensive bonds.

Sadly for McClane, this all takes place as he is barefoot and when investigating, still barefoot, he has to run to avoid being discovered. Luckily, McClane manages to take his gun.

McClane plays hit and run all over the building, knocking off terrorists and capturing their weapons, explosives, cigarettes but never their shoes, their feet always seem to be too small.

Help on the outside eventually comes, in the form of lone LA patrol officer Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) who calls in the "cavalry". Powell speaks throughout the film via a radio McClane took off of a dead terrorist.

McClane's cover is blown by investigative journalist scumbag, Richard Thornburg (William Atherton) which in turn exposes Mrs McClane's true identity to Gruber.

Things just got, a little harder..

5. Robocop

Robocop's placing in my list was a hard call to make. Though, I think I have put it in the right place even though I would have liked to put it higher on the list.

I am somewhat dreading the new remake, but I was interested when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct it. When that was no longer happening I lost hope. I did look at the new cast. though. Hope has returned as it has Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton two actors who don't just star in any old crap!

Don't mention Robocop 3 or the series to me, though.. Total tripe.

Robocop starts as Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) transfers in to a Detroit police department.

Straight away he and his new partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen), are thrown into some hot kitchen action and straight away Murphy is fighting to arrest/kill a notorious gang of violent criminals who have a hobby of torturing and killing cops.

With back up unavailable, and having followed the gang to an old abandoned building, Murphy and Lewis make the choice to enter the building and catch/arrest/kill the gang members. They split up at the start and pursue the members alone.

After a few minor victories and one big fall, Murphy finds himself at the mercy of the gang. Gang leader, Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith), starts off the proceedings and the rest of his gang (featuring Ray Wise, Paul McCrane) join in. Boddicker looses interest and fires the last shot.

Lewis finds a badly wounded Murphy and he is airlifted to a hospital where he dies. Or rather, his body dies but his brain and some parts of his body survive.

Murphy is turned into Robocop by Bob Morton (Miguel Ferrer), an OCP executive. In doing this he steps on a few toes and gets a little too cocky with the wrong people, more specifically, Dick Jones (Ronny Cox), and Jones has Morton killed.

Robocop has prime directives that dictate his actions and act as a safety net to prevent him going crazy and killing random people. However, he is still a bit human and after a few encounters, Robocop has his memory jogged.

Robocop remembers his old life, his wife and child and he also remembers the people who took his family from him. With his new found strength and skills he sets out to avenge his murder and bring to justice those who inadvertently caused his loss and are causing the city of Detroit to be sold off to corporations.. or rather, a corporation, OCP.

Murphy might just find himself walking a very dangerous and thin line..


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    • Tyler Bracken profile image

      Tyler Bracken 3 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      Haha.. yes, that laugh is used very well!

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      James 3 years ago

      That Die Hard clip had me in stitches!