Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Director: John McTiernan
Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh
Sequel to: Die Hard, Die Hard 2
Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, Graham Greene

A bomb goes off in New York, and a little bit later the police get a call from Simon (Jeremy Irons) who says that he’ll set off another if they don’t get John McClane (Bruce Willis) to do as he says. And the first exercise is that he has to go to Harlem with a sign with a racial slur on it. In Harlem, Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) saves his ass and from then on, Simon tells both Zeus and John what to do. They only have a limited amount of time to figure out Simon’s plan before he blows the next bit up.

Now, Die Hard: With a Vengeance I enjoyed a whole lot. Where I had problems getting into the first two films, everything came together in this one. And it’s fun.


I had seen a couple of scenes of this movie before, but this was the first time I got the whole story – and I loved it. Simon’s games are delightfully demented and, despite the fact that you can’t take the plot seriously or think it’s even slightly realistic for a second, it really works.

The movie really profited from the addition of Samuel L. Jackson’s character. And of course, putting Jeremy Irons in your movie never hurts – and he really is awesome as Simon.



But the movie isn’t perfect either. There are some inconsistencies – especially in John’s relationship with Holly. Seems they didn’t get Bonnie Bedelia back, but the backstory they made up doesn’t fit with where things are at in Die Hard 2 (where John had transferred to LA) and the whole “just didn’t call back thing” is ridiculous and insulting to relationships.

But other than that, it’s certainly the film in the series I enjoyed most so far. So, keep on wise-cracking McClane!


Summarising: Good fun.


    • I didn’t even know there was an alternative ending! I just read up on it on wikipedia and I have to say that it would have been the perfect foreshadowing of how the series continues with films four and five. So it would have sucked. ;)

      I guess I’ll stick to the original formula that McClane is a brutal hero against his will instead of a vengeful murderous maniac.

      • While you definitely have a point with him looking like a “vengeful murderous maniac” in the alternative ending, I still think it would have been a more unconventional and also braver ending than what the ultimately chose. Even before I knew about the other ending, I always felt the finale to be a letdown. The rest of the movie is great, though, and almost on par with the first one.

        • I didn’t mind the finale at all. In fact, this movie, including the original ending, is my favorite Die Hard film. And to me, the alternative ending sounds like it’s not at all in keeping with the original spirit of the films…

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