As with any groundbreaking film series, such as Jaws, Star Wars, Alien, Basic Instinct, Jurassic Park, The Sixth Sense or Fight Club, they will always have their imitators. Most Die Hard Scenario movies feature an enclosed (although this is not necessary to the plot) location taken over by heavily armed criminals or terrorists and one lone hero who must find their way out of the mess and save the day! There are two primary types of this film genre: the original Die Hard clones, which use a single location, or the newer Die Hard clones, which either use entire cities or a wide variety of locations, yet still maintain the same basic feel to the story.
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Cliffhanger is Die Hard in the... Rocky Mountains? That's right. Put Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow into a failed heist over the icy peaks of Colorado and the chaos that ensues and you have one chaotic film. It's a deadly game of hide and seek when a disgraced mountain climber must scale the peaks and get to the money that the theives are after first before his friends are killed. Arguably the most serious of all the Die Hard scenario films released in recent memory and one of the few to actually recieve a positive critical reception, Cliffhanger means business and with a solid cast and director, this makes for one suspenseful flick.
In this film, Gabe Walker (Stallone), an ex-mountain rescue ranger haunted by his failure to save the fiancée of his friend Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker), is asked by his estranged girlfriend and fellow mountain ranger Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner) to help Hal rescue a few trapped hikers stranded in a plane crash, only for Gabe and Hal to find themselves taken captive by a gang of terrorists, led by cold-blooded ex-intelligence agent Eric Qualen (John Lithgow), and are forced to help them find three suitcases that contained $100 million after a failed mid-air heist. After Gabe escapes death from them, he sets to save Hal and defeat Qualen in the Colorado mountain range.
Mike Banning is a hero that America needed. Played by versatile Gerard Butler, the main protagonist from Olympus Has Fallen, Banning is arguably one of the top action heroes in the Die Hard scenario films since John McClane of Die Hard series. Banning can kill his enemies in effective ways and his enemies have underestimated him... A former Special Forces soldier-turned-Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to save The First Lady of the United States from a car accident. Now living in disgrace, Banning has become a troubled workaholic in the U.S. Treasury. When a group of North Korean terrorists, led by cold-blooded Kang Yeonsak, have seized control of the White House, he sneaks in the building during the initial assault and soon becomes the only counter-terrorist agent inside the besieged White House when all others were killed. With the president held hostage, Banning first rescues the president's son to keep the terrorists from using him to force the president to cooperate with them. Now his next priority is to rescue the president, kill the terrorists and stop an even greater threat to the entire United States of America with his extensive inside knowledge of the White House and all of his training. And the terrorists better stay out of his way...
Egor Korshunov is one mean baddie. Played by a fantastic Gary Oldman, the main antagonist from Air Force One, Korshunov is arguably the coldest and most effective of an action villain since Hans Gruber, although he doesn't necessarily like killing, he is perfectly prepared to blow the head off an eleven year old girl if he doesn't get what he wants. And he nearly does... A Kazahk loyalist with a chip on his shoulder ever since the US overthrew the dictator of Kahzakstan, he takes over Air Force One with little help by disguising himself as a deceased journalist. He then steals weapons from the plane and takes it over, with the president, his family and the entire cabinet on board! As the clock ticks and the plane gets lower on fuel, Korshunov's body count rises to force the president to cooperate with him and get the cruel dictator back in power for the good of his country, but horrible fates for others. What makes this more interesting is that he mentions that he is a husband and a father of three, so that makes his motives even more complex and brutal. Harrison Ford is the president and we all know Harrison Ford doesn't tolerate it when someone threatens to kill his family, so he jumps into action. But can he outsmart Korshunov in a battle of wits?
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