Genre Grandeur – Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Movies of the Outdoors here’s a review of Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) by Me

Thanks again to Joel of Joel Watches Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jess!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“[monitoring the NYPD switchboard after Simon announces the existence of the school bomb on the radio] Turley! Half the goddamn city just called 911! ” – Wanda Shepard

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 16 Jul 2013, 10 Nov 2015, 22 Apr 2020 and 28 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – New York detective must deal with a mad bomber in New York who forces him to comply to his strange games and riddles in order to avoid having another bomb go off.

My Take on it –This was one of the first films that came to mind when Joel chose this genre because it’s an action film that takes place almost entirely outside in the jungle of New York City.

It is also such a fun addition to the Die Hard franchise.

It does deviate a bit from the structure of the previous two films, but it’s great to see John McClane in a more open area and find out how he reacts.

His attitude is a bit more bitter than in the previous films, yet still works in keeping the story fun and engaging throughout.

His pairing with Samuel L. Jackson is perfectly done and the two of the have such enjoyable chemistry with their banter staying hilarious throughout.

The story plays out really well and despite a few predictable surprises along the way, it stays thrilling and suspenseful throughout.

Jeremy Irons is great as the villain and manages to stay devious and cunning with everything he does along the way.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On April 19, 1995, exactly one month before the movie was scheduled to be released, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed by terrorists. Several sources later reported that last-minute editing was done to remove a few scenes depicting explosions, out of pity with the victims. This claim turned out to be false: there may have been confusion with the television shows All My Children (1970) and Melrose Place (1992), which indeed had such scenes edited out at the last minute. Director John McTiernan did at one point consider either editing out the opening bombing of the department store, or moving the release date back, as he felt that the American public might still be sensitive to bombing due to recent events. However, Fox studios decided to go with the original version and release date, stating that the film was a work of fiction, and was already completed long before the real-life events occurred. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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