Genre Grandeur June Finale – Die Hard (1988) – Encore Review 14 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Die Hard Doppelganger Movies, here’s a review of Die Hard (1988) by me.

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. Attack the Block (2011) – David
  2. Cliffhanger (1993) – Rob
  3. Toy Soldiers (1991) – David
  4. Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – Rob
  5. Air Force One (1997) – Darren
  6. Air Force One (1997) – Rob
  7. The Raid (2011) – David
  8. Die Hard (1988) – Rob

In addition, I watched 6 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.

  1. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
  2. Sudden Impact (1995)
  3. Star Trek: The Next Generation – Starship Mine (1993)
  4. Star Trek: Voyager – Displaced (1997)
  5. The Rock (1996)
  6. Interceptor (2022)

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Alan Sanders of the Wilder Ride and we will be reviewing our favorite Fantasy Movies of the 21st Century

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

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Who said we were terrorists?” – Hans Gruber

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, 25 Jan 2022 and 29 Jun 2022)

Link to original reviewHere Here Here Here Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A NY detective in L.A. visiting is family, gets trapped in an office building which is taken over by terrorists.

My Take on it – As is probably no surprise to anyone who knows me, this is one of my all-time favorite movies and I can watch it over and over and enjoy it even more each time.

That’s probably why I chose this film as my Season 3 dissection on my Podcast – MovieRob Minute.

The story is amazingly set up and stays thrilling throughout especially due to the twists and turns that occur along the way.

Bruce Willis is superbly cast in the lead role and he excels in this kind of role especially due to the fact that he feels like a typical everyman in the way that he plays this character.

This film’s plot was so effective that it was able to spawn a slew of films within a new genre that has been so popular in the 34 years since the idea was perfected with this film and characters.

The supporting cast is also great here with Bonnie Bedelia, Hart Bochner, Alexander Godunov, Reginald Vel Johnson and William Atherton all adding so much to the story and making it feel so realistic.

The best character here tho is played by Alan Rickman who steals every scene he appears in.

He is probably one of the very best on screen villains in history due to the sophistication and sauveness that he ilicits here.

Can’t wait to watch this again soon…

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The movie’s iconic line: “Yippie-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker!” almost came out differently. According to various interviews and commentaries, John McTiernan thought the line should be “Yippie-TY-Yay”. Bruce Willis argued that it was “Yippie-KI-Yay”. Apparently, they tried both versions to see which one sounded better and the now famous “Yippie-Ki-Yay” won. (From IMDB)

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


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