Die Hard: With a Vengeance ★★★½

This should’ve been Die Hard’s direct sequel. It just makes more sense in the scheme of the franchise. John Mclane is once again the best part of the film obviously. I love how this movie just starts right from the beginning, offering up literally 2 hours of non stop action scenes that delivered on every account. One of my issues with this movie is the race commentary. It’s shoe horned in and doesn’t fit within the movie. It only scratches the surface and goes no deeper. I’m not sure why they decided to add this into a die hard film. Maybe to build chemistry between Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson I guess. But they had chemistry without all the needless race baiting. No one goes to see a die hard film for that. It takes the movie in a direction it has no business going in, but then veers off that course anyways because, well, it’s a Die Hard movie, it’s not equipped to take on social issues, and that’s obviously glaring. With that out of the way, this was really fun. Jeremy Irons was the perfect casting decision and his motives are believable. Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson together is always going to peak my interest. Die Hard With a Vengeance is one big cat and mouse game, it delivers on its advertisements.