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John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated. Written by
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The dump trucks are supposedly heading north on the FDR drive; however, Simon's truck approaches a sign that says "Cadman Plaza West". This is a sign on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn, across the river from the FDR drive. See more »
[over the phone in Walter's office]
Simon says, McClane and the Samaritan will go to the subway station at 72nd and Broadway. I will call you in 15 minutes on the payphone outside the station. No Police. Failure to answer will constitute noncompliance. Do you understand me, John?
Oh, yes, I understand. I understand that you're a fuckin' wacko who likes to play kids' games. That's what I understand.
[imitating Simon, over the phone]
Hahdly? Well, then, who are you? Somebody I sent up? ...
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Someone calling himself Simon detonates several bombs in the centre of New
York City. He then sets a series of dangerous tasks for Officer John
McClane to achieve or he will detonate more. McClane sets out to meet the
demands of the terrorists with bystander Zeus Carver in
This is the third in the Die Hard series and it makes an immediate
improvement on the second by bringing back the original director John
McTiernan. Here the film doesn't try to repeat the formula of the first
film (terrorists/wife/rescue) but instead takes on a whole new plot while
still tying it into the first film. The second movie tried to repeat the
first film's plot but set in an airport, here the different angle makes this
feel a lot fresher and feel like a movie in itself. The tie-in to the first
film is clever and not too much of a stretch of the imagination - happily
this is not the reason for the action itself - instead the terrorist's main
aim is the gold held in vaults in the Federal Reserve on Wall Street, but
the game with McClane is a special treat.
McTiernan was great in the first film, making everything feel tense and
claustrophobic. Here he has the whole of NYC to run across and the camera
shows this new found freedom. In action scenes the camera swings wildly
round and zooms into focus on the action. During scenes set in offices etc
containing a lot of dialogue the camera slowly prowls round like it's dieing
to rush off to the next action scene. It's the opposite to the style in the
first film and again makes this feels different enough to be a film in it's
Usually film series can get a lot of baggage (watch Lethal Weapon 4 for
proof), but here all the repeat characters are dropped, even McClane's wife
only features as a voice on the phone. And that works well here and the
only characters that are brought back here are McClane (of course) and Hans
Gruber (in a flashback). This frees the film up to basically go where it
wants without having to squeeze in old characters the way the second film
did. However it links the films by having Simon Gruber taking supposed
revenge for the death of his brother. The fresh active feel to this movie
really gives it life and lifts the series out of the hole that the second
film had threatened to put it.
The chemistry between Willis and Jackson is great and lends a lot of comedy
to the film, there's lot of racial humour between the two and Jackson is
more than the "black sidekick" that exists in many films. Irons continues
the fine tradition of English actors playing Hollywood villains and is good
for the most. His ticks and stutters stop him being anywhere near as good
as Rickman was in the original role but he's still good. Willis gets good
support from the likes of Graham Greene, Larry Bryggman and Colleen Camp as
fellow cops but really him and Jackson carry the show.
Some of the scenes are a little forced and the plot doesn't always join
together easily (a scene where Willis is fired out of a water pipe just as
Jackson happens to drive by is a little too convenient) but many iffy bits
can be overlooked if you focus on the action. The most effective thing that
returns from the first film is the musical score. In the first film the
score used variations on Christmas music to dramatic effect, here the score
uses music well to add tension and comedy in a different way. It's
difficult to put into words but this effect was missing from the second
The film has a hatful of nice twists towards the end and the only problem is
that the conclusion in Canada doesn't feel like it fits in (the original
ending was changed following the Okalahoma bombing) but this is a minor
problem in a film that is a great addition to the action packed Die Hard
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