If not for Die Hard being considered the greatest action movie of all time, the third entry in the chronicles of John McClane would easily be the best. An R-rated Die Hard with Mr. McClane back in New York (mind you, the film begins with him suspended by the NYPD) doing his thing. On this trip, he teams with Samuel L. Jackson against more Germans (logical, to complete what they probably thought was the end of the Die Hard franchise with an arc back to German baddies), this time headed by Jeremy Irons (who is better in this than Family Guy makes him out to be in general).
Okay, so maybe DH3 is an exception to…his entire career
I LOVED the scavenger hunt/riddle aspect of this. Add to that it’s on McClane’s home turf. Die Hard 3 escalates with a series of riddles. What John and Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) do is solve each riddle—they aren’t necessarily the most difficult, BUT they keep them hopping around (an increasingly congested and panicked) town and preoccupied while the Germans head for a vault full of gold bars.
I’m a Die Hard fanboy and these movies are hard-pressed not to entertain me, but after rewatching DH3, I was reminded of one thing I didn’t like (it’s EXTREMELY minor) and one thing I thought fell short. My nitpick is one of the final edits that just seems out of place. I believe it happens right after a helicopter goes boom and we then randomly cut to McClane stumbling to a curb side. I also feel like the end is simply anti-climactic.
And this if from Live Free Or Die Hard….McClane hates helicopters….
All things considered, Die Hard With a Vengeance is a lot of fun, widely considered the second best of not only the trilogy, but the first four as well.
Take a Drink: for every riddle solved
Take a Drink: every time “Chester A. Arthur” is said
Do a Shot: for the elephant joke