Film Watch – 321. Die Hard with a Vengeance

die-hard-with-a-vengeanceFast Facts

Title: Die Hard with a Vengeance
Director: John McTiernan
Year: 1995
Run time: 2hrs 11m

Background Info

I’ve seen the previous two Die Hards a couple of times, and in preparation for the fifth installment in the series, we wanted to catch up with the remaining two – which neither of us thought we had seen. It took an age to appear on iTunes in HD, but they brought it out eventually – presumably to encourage weirdos like us that like to watch things in the right order.

Live Blog

0:59 – We like to guess the cities. The yellow taxis always ruin the game!
3:46 – Fighting terrorists with a hangover, yea, that sounds like McLane.
10:51 – “I got a gun.” “They got ten guns.”
14:21 – It’s interesting seeing McLane in his normal working environment.
20:01 – It’s lovely to know your boss is on your side!
23:06 – Ah, it’s always fun to have mismatched partners forced together.
26:23 – Yay, I knew the riddle!
27:29 – This is like a high stakes version of Challenge Anneka.
32:48 – I can’t believe that you can just rip up the sidewalk and jump on a train.
36:31 – If a police person tells you to do something calmly, you sort of think there’s a reason to panic.
40:04 – Ooh, you know it is bad when the FBI get involved.
43:11 – “That thing in LA.” You can’t just write off a whole movie like that!
54:42 – “Heavens to Betsy!”
54:55 – Losing the plot a little bit. This is more complicated than the last two!
57:36 – Jeez, she’s terrifying.
1:01:30 – Gawd, I am loving these riddles. More films should need pausing to work out riddles.
1:05:12 – That was a sad realisation face, right there.
1:11:12 – Love that he wants to keep the gold.
1:12:47 – You can’t ask riddles of someone you just hijacked. They’re not that interested.
1:23:03 – $13 billion in one truck. It’s almost too much money for a deal to be relatable anyway.
1:26:58 – That’s brilliant – being blown out of a hole by water. Like a whale.
1:34:58 – “Oh boy, am I glad you talked me out of jumping!”
1:44:39 – There’s a bomb on the bus… boat. Whatever.
1:51:58 – He’s still on about the headache.
2:02:19 – I said about the phone as soon as it happened. Poor woman!


Complicated feelings about this one, which seems only right because it was a complicated movie! It certainly seemed to twist and turn a lot more than the others did, and it was quite a convoluted plot. The ending was a bit weird, too. But, having said all that, I really enjoyed the relationship between McLane and Zeus, their one-liners to each other were great throughout the film. The riddles were fun to play along with, particularly the water one, and overall it was just a fun movie to spend two hours with.

Rating: 4/5

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