Directed by John McTiernan. US. 1988. R. 2 hours 11 minutes. Fox. Digital.
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“Bruce Willis is an action hero with jet lag on Christmas Eve, caught in an office building taken over by terrorists, wearing no shoes. He sneaks around, walks over broken glass, and picks off bad guys one by one, like Alien in reverse. But he’s also a cynical smart-ass as he talks to himself, the terrorists over their walkie-talkies, or to the one cop (Vel Johnson) who knows what’s going on inside the building. The humor goes over well because it is the type that that people use to get through stressful ordeals more than it is formulaic punning and one-liners. Watching it now there are certainly dated elements (you have to enjoy the limo driver blasting Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis”) but it holds up surprisingly well for a movie so imitated that it has become a genre of its own.” – Bryan Theiss, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide