Die Hard: With a Vengeance ★★★★½

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Die Hard: With a Vengeance may just be one of the greatest action films ever made, with it's cleverly claustrophobic cinematography, sinisterly suspenseful soundtrack and pitch perfect performances, this is a rare case of a threequel being almost as good as the original.

And look at all that alliteration I did up there. Jesus, who am I, Francesca Simon? But seriously, Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson make a monster pair, Jackson providing some handy comic relief through his classic line delivery. In fact, this is the funniest of the series, and not in a way that obstructs the action or the narrative, but complements it.

It's a shame the third act doesn't segue as the others do, it's makes perfect sense, but it feels like an add-on, an abrupt resolution outside of the real story, mostly for it's loss of the claustrophobic atmosphere and quasi-real time scale Die Hard was noted for always boasting. This is understandable since they had an inferior alternate ending, that potentially, if written the right way, could have been the better path to follow.

The complaints raised above, however, don't do any harm to the fact this film is incredibly captivating in it's almost terrifyingly mounting tension. Pack this alongside the original 1988 classic, and you may have one of the best double bills out there. The true finale of the Die Hard franchise.

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