Die Hard 3: With A Vengeance
John Mcclane And A Store Owner Must Play A Bomber's Deadly Game As They Race Around New York While Trying To Stop Him From Causing More Destruction.
1995 Cinergi Productions N.V., Inc. Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Less hand-to-hand combat, but still a very violent sequel.
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Rotten: Degenerates into an improbable, confusing series of chases and an overly involved heist that takes far too long to set up.
- Brian Lowry, Variety, Monday, June 25, 2007
Fresh: Pure action, with bigger and better explosions and stunts.
- Caryn James, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004
Third film in the Die Hard franchise is definitely much better than the second one. John McTiernan returns as director and he delivers a much better sequel. In this third entry, the brother of Hans Gruber, played by Jeremy Irons takes John McClane on a wild goose chase, as he prepares a heist on the Federal reserve bank. Simon (Gruber's Brother) plays a series of deadly game with John McClane. Only thing is that now McClane gets the help of an unwilling Samaritan played by Samuel L. Jackson. The plot of this film is very elaborate, probably the most elaborate of all the Die Hard films. I find Die Hard: With A Vengeance to be very elaborate for the reason that it doesn't happen all in one place (like the first two films of the series) In this we have John McClane running around New York trying to outwit the terrorist as well as trying to to stop him. A very tense game of cat and mouse is played throughout the film. The acting here is superior to Die Hard 2, where most of the characters were annoying. But in this one, I found that most of the characters where more serious. Jeremy Irons plays an awesome villain as Simon Gruber. He truly is one of the best actors to grace a villains role since Alan Rickman in Die Hard. He has a strong screen presence and he lights up the screen. After the lacking Die Hard 2, McTiernan gives this third entry a much needed boost, with the terrific cast at hand, he's able to create a better sequel. Though not perfect, This third entry is very much an entertaining thrill ride filled with suspense and loads of action. Of the four Die Hard films, this is the second best sequel in the franchise, with the first being Live Free Or Die Hard. A thing that I appreciate about the film is that they added a partner of sorts to John McClane, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific. Also another thing I loved is that there are no annoying and ignorant characters who doubt the truthfulness of McClane's word. Die Hard: With A Vengeance is a big improvement over the disappointing second entry, and the film works well because John McTiernan director of the first one returns, and he has a terrific cast at hand to create a roller coaster ride of an action film. Like the title says, the series is back with a vengeance. Luckily they were able to keep the momentum going with fourth film as well.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The action may take place in a far less confined setting, losing some of the tension and intensity of the first two, but this is still a thrilling action and suspense film nonetheless. It's good to see John McTiernan back in the director's chair for this one, even though Renny Harlin did a really good job with the second one. Even though this one does have a more spralling setting, it works pretty decently given the plot specifics. I think a few things that help in this regard are the plot twist that ties this film to the first, and the terrific performance by Jeremy Irons. The basic plot is that a mad bomber basically forces John McClane into a tense game of cat and mouse throughout NYC, but things aren't quite as they seem, and something deeper and different is going on. By this time, Willis knows the character inside and out, but he isn't sleepwalking through things. He brings lots of energy to a character that shows signs of having everything but that. It would have been nice to see Reginald VelJohnson make an appearance, but I can't think of a plausible way that they could have included him. Samuel L. Jackson is great though. I like his character a lot, and the interactions between him and Willis are dynamite. In fact, the great chemistry they have together, and their face off with one another is one of the best things the film has going for it besides the spectacular stunts and action scenes. This is a small step down, but this is by no means a bad film at all.
- cosmo313, Sunday, August 15, 2010
I honestly cannot understand why I don't love the Die Hard series. I'm a Bruce Willis fan and I love action flicks, but these movies just tend to be only average, in my eyes. The fourth entry was fine, the first one was decent, and tbe second one was alright, at best. Clearly this is a well-loved series, so I'm assuming that the problem must be with me. As for Die Hard with a Vengeance, I'd put it on par with Die Hard 2. Some aspects of the movie worked well. The connections to the story of the first movie were a nice touch, and the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson with Willis effectively turns it into a buddy cop movie. It's more entertaining seeing John McClane interacting with another character, than it is to see him going gung-ho alone. But beyond that, I just didn't think it was very exciting or interesting. There are plenty of late 80's and early 90's action movies that I absolutely love, but I can't add this to that list.
- lewiskendell, Friday, June 4, 2010