With Die Hard 4.0’s arrival on the big screen, I thought it would be a good idea to review the earlier Die Hard movies.
It’s very odd to see the way that terrorists are portrayed in a pre-September-11 world. In the first movie, there’s a touch-screen kiosk, smoking is allowed indoors, and at airports, but the sense of fear is absent. Even when there’s an attack on a subway in a major American city, everyone quickly moves on to the next crisis.
The special effects – especially the green screen effects – are much easier to spot, and yet there are a lot of effects that look more authentic than the kind of shots you see today.
In general, the action movies are still as good as they’ve ever been: the tension, the complex plans are still as watchable as ever, though I tend to remember them as being a little move complex than they really are.