John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back again in this third installment of the Die Hard series. John has made his way back to New York and found himself in some trouble with the chief of police. He’s been suspended, for reasons never revealed, but when a bomb goes off in a retail store the terrorist call the department and demands John be reinstated. Simon (Jeremy Irons) wants to play a little Simon Says with John in hopes of killing our hero. His first task is to wear a racist body sign into the middle of Harlem. Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) comes to his rescue and is drug into the game against his will. Now the duo must perform Simon’s task or bombs will keep going off throughout the city.
This action series has been highly acclaimed to be one of the best action series of all time. The past two films sure fit that bill and this one came very close. The only thing the last films lacked was an active sidekick, enter Samuel L. Jackson. I was very skeptical that Mr. Jackson would be able to perform to the high standards that Bruce Willis has set. He showed that he is not only an excellent supporting role, but he has the ability to perform in any role given to him. I haven’t seen such chemistry in a buddy cop film since the Lethal Weapon series. This sequel is slightly slower than the first two but I feel that story requires this.
With the introduction of an entirely new cast, with the exception of Willis, a little character development is necessary. I also really enjoy the different setting, the first two films have very similar circumstances, but this one is a totally different ballgame. Car chases, subways, and an interesting aqua duct scene put this action flick as one of the best of the ’90s. John McTiernan shows once again that he is a major contender for directing action films. The action sequences are well done and thought out. The entire film is a rollercoaster ride of action that very few films can match. I give this one a deserving 9/10. Any action buff should check this out if they haven’t.