Wednesday, July 20, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 18: Your Favorite Action Film

Day 18: (A) Favorite Action Film (Raw Power Variety): Die Hard
As we continue to narrow down these broad categories with specifics, I've chosen to define the action film option with the most basic pop cultural definition of the genre: a hero, a villain, a lot of guns, a lot of explosions.  When you cut out the superheroes, the sci-fi bent, and anything leaning more cerebral than straight, no-holds barred raw power pummeling, the choices are narrowed significantly and my favorite immediately becomes the original Die Hard.  While I couldn't care less for the sequels, that first outing with John McClane was, for lack of a better word, awesome.  I believe this is in large part thanks to Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, who takes the movie to the next level the way only a great villain can (Cate Blanchett proved this recently in Hanna).
 

1 comment:

  1. Ah, agreed! Though I never realized this was a Die Hard film until recently, because in portugal the title is completely different, and I was much younger when I saw it :/

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