Die Hard with a Vengeance is a great ride where John McClane jumps through puzzles and hoops, but the ending is so clichéd.

Die hard with a vengeance It’s cerebral, intense, and action-packed as Bruce Willis’ John McClane takes on his most genius foe. Following the death of Hans Gruber in the first movie, his brother Simon (Jeremy Irons) decides to get revenge in the third by putting McClane to the test, mixing business with pleasure while stealing all his gold from the Federal Reserve.

Nevertheless, Die hard with a vengeance loses its high octane thrill in the end. The conclusion of the movie is super flat and doesn’t really work for the story.

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Simon cuts out a Riddler-like figure in the film, with puzzle after puzzle that forces McClane and Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson) to run through New York trying to stop the bombs from exploding. The sad thing is, smart as they are, they can barely outwit Simon.

They don’t realize that you are misdirecting them, which fuels their deception. While searching for mercenaries and soldiers, he steals the gold with fake agents and blows it up in a tanker truck so that it falls to the bottom of the ocean and paralyzes the United States economy.

Or so they think, because Simon secretly changed it and has the ingots in a Canadian motel to take them to Europe. He’s pretty brilliant and when McClane finds out, he can’t help but respect Simon’s game. Someone so smart deserves to escape and get the gold, which would be a bold point to finish, but instead, McClane wins the day.

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The problem is that this ending stuns Simon and feels so uncharacteristic to the rest of Die hard with a vengeance. Playfully, Simon throws McClane some aspirin before the tanker crashes and when he and Zeus escape, McClane finds the motel’s address on the bottle. McClane and the cavalry cross the border and the hero blows up the helicopter knocking down some power lines, killing Simon in a cheesy ’90s conclusion.

It feels so clichéd and predictable, undoing all the games Simon played that pushed McClane and broke him like never before. Had Simon won, McClane could have gone for revenge in a fourth film, evolving him as the hunter, not the hunted.

Ultimately, the villain cannot win and Simon slipped so easily that it turned out to be pure luck for John, forcing a heroic ending to be able to call his wife with the news that he is ready to fix their relationship. It doesn’t even appear on the screen, which says it all. There is no emotional pull, giving the impression that the phone call is just added on as the story ends in a hasty manner that doesn’t get in sync with everything else.

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