The third DIE HARD film is easily the most spectacular, featuring an exploding subway train and a manic car chase through the congested streets of New York that rivals THE FRENCH CONNECTION. Indeed, for the first hour or so--as long as the action is confined to sweltering
Manhattan--the film's inexorable action-pic logic is as compelling as SPEED's. Unfortunately, as soon as the Nazi-esque villain (Jeremy Irons) make his appearance, the whole thing turns into an overblown Bond film with a working-class hero (Bruce Willis)--if that's not a contradiction in terms.
Samuel L. Jackson is shoehorned into the narrative as sidekick, presumably to ameliorate the some of the...