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DIE HARD: WITH A VENGEANCE (1995)
"John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building."
Bruce Willis returns in explosive fashion as suspended NYPD Lieutenant John McClane. This time he's accompanied by Samuel L. Jackson who portrays Harlem electronics store owner Zeus Carver and they are a regular odd couple facing off against a German terrorist calling himself Simon (portrayed by Jeremy Irons), who happens to be the brother of Hans Gruber, the villain McClane killed at the end of Die Hard (1988). Simon plays a dangerous game with McClane and Carver resulting in one grand epic action extravaganza.
I love the performances and power struggle between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons' awesome villainous role, the subway train bomb sequence, and some of the humorous dialogue. The whole Harlem opening is something you probably wouldn't see conducted today but it exists here.
I am not sold on the ending. That's the main issue. I love that McClane and Carver survive but the Canadian warehouse shootout just doesn't cut it for me. I think it's corny and forced. I haven't seen the alternate ending but heard there's one.
Fun, fast-paced, and furious but could have had a better conclusion!