January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #38 of the 49.
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Initial Viewing Memories – I recall seeing this when it debuted on video a few months after it came out. I went over to a friend’s house and we kept having to switch it off since his parents frowned upon watching rated R movies (we were 14 at the time). I still enjoyed it a lot and have seen it probably the most of any other movie in my lifetime.
Number of Times Seen – Seriously too many to count (Video, Cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 4 May 2000, Jan 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 30 Nov 2014, 4 Nov 2015, 11 Nov 2015, 13 Jul 2017, 3 Dec 2017, 30 Jul 2018, 2 Apr 2019, 29 Oct 2019, 27 May 2020, 30 Dec 2020, 30 Aug 2021, 25 Dec 2021 and 25 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A NYC cop gets trapped in an L.A. high riser after it is taken over by terrorists.
My Take on it – This is a such an amazing film that I can watch over and over.
The story was able to launch a new kind of genre of films which includes so many movies after almost 35 years, yet none is able to surpass or even equal what this one achieved.
Bruce Willis is perfectly cast in the lead role and manages to wise-crack his way through the story, yet still come across as a realistic every man.
Alan Rickman is the perfect villain here and this is perhaps the very best performance of his career.
The action scenes are great and are accentuated by great dialogue that ranges from humorous, to serious to sometimes quite emotional.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The costume department had 17 undershirts in various stages of degradation on hand for Bruce Willis. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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