It's a classic!
The first Die Hard movie really was something else, and whatever formula they used to make it still holds today. I wish they could've toned down the focus on interviewers and cops outside the building - the leucocratic aspect of it all, but the action inside the building is as pure as it gets. Professional. Gritty, violent and desperate, but clean. The villain isn't dumb, and maybe it's just dumb luck that John McClane (Bruce Willis) manages to see his fall through, but he makes it look achievable. They don't just shoot all over the place and run around dodging bullets: there's a strategy to the violence. A plan. A purpose. In the end, it's the believable approach to this action-aspect of the movie that sets it apart from so many other blockbusters you'll eventually forget.
Bruce Willis is an authentic tough guy too. Unprepared. Barefoot. Soon bare-chested too, and soon bearing a great many cuts and bruises after being chased up and down through the Nakatomi Plaza - a place where a group of 'terrorists' hold a group of people hostage - one of them his wife. He goes over the edge more than once, and though it's thanks to his heroics and crazy stunts that the police get there in the first place, he pretty much finishes the bad guys by himself. If anything, the police actually make things worse, though Al does provide some much-needed emotional support.
Bruce's limo driver helps out too. Wish that guy would've been in some of the sequels - it could've made for an interesting partnership, and what a cool name he had: Argyle. The way they stumble in on the whole situation is just perfect. It's commendable they manage to put in bits of comedy amidst the action and still keep things serious, not many movies manage that mix.
Overall it's one action fest out of the ordinary, with exquisite locales and a real professional bunch of crooks and criminals. Among the actors you might recognize there's Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson and Alan Rickman (the in-movie villain, who actually died this year - may he RIP). Bruce Willis is the one-man main show though, and he puts on a great performance.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome