Every year, families gather around the Christmas tree and debate what classic movie to watch in lieu of talking to each other. By now, America has unanimously agreed that Die Hard deserves a spot among the holiday classics. It's an uplifting tale of family, selflessness, and redemption. We predict that within a decade, it will be standard for families to use festive decorations to tape guns to their backs.
You probably know that Die Hard was such a hit that it spawned a whole generation of "Lone hero thwarting terrorists in a confined space" movies, like Speed (Die Hard on a bus!), Under Siege (Die Hard on a train!), and Passenger 57 (Die Hard on a plane!). But one movie that's never lumped in with that group is a beat-for-beat remake which came out just a couple of years later and actually grossed more than all of them:
Of course, there are the broad similarities. Both films star a completely normal person who, as a result of being distanced from his family, finds himself trapped in a place invaded by criminals during Christmas, soon realizing that he's the only one who can do anything about it. He's unequipped and unable to get help from allies until it's nearly too late. In both movies, the protagonist must use his wits and improvised weaponry to take out the bad guys one at a time.
But beyond that, they're not even the same genre, right? Look at the villains. You can't compare Hans Gruber and his team of highly trained professionals to a couple of assclowns calling themselves "the Wet Bandits." Well, unless you consider the fact that in both movies, the increasingly exasperated leader of the criminals initially attempts to deceive the protagonist by passing himself off as a good guy ...
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox