It’s been Thirty years since Los Angeles joined the ranks of cities whose only qualification was to be a victim of a terrorist act. Though, were they really terrorists? Their own ranks called themselves exceptional thieves, and one-time kidnappers, not terrorists. No Hans Grubber and his pals were opportunists, and only cared about money, $600 million worth. A simple police officer from New York City in town to visit his wife and kids was what messed it all up for them.
Yes, Die Hard is 30 years old this year. And last December, the Library of Congress selected Die Hard (among 24 other films) it’s …cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance. Yes Die Hard fits the bill for all three of those qualifications. It’s a master piece that holds up surprisingly well given the time period. I dare you to find another action movie from the 80s which isn’t incredible dated with cheese lines and effects. I dare you to find another heist movie where the score is still a relevant sum of money 30 years later. Six Hundred Million Dollars was a lot of money in 1988, it’s still a lot of money in 2018. When it comes to money, so often the sums are in reasonable ranges for the time period and with inflation, they seem petty by current standards. No, it will be quite a while (if ever) when $600 million is seen as petty). Heck, even Ocean’s 11 (which itself is 17 years old already!) was only taking home $160 million.
So, take a seat, grab some popcorn, (or Twinkies), and watch this Christmas classic, even if Bruce Willis says it’s not.