They are radically different, probably polar opposite, in fact, so it is hard to compare them. Whenever I talk about WHD I think about Air Force One and Die Hard (which is what inspired the screenplay) but when I think about OHF I tend to lean more towards a Seagal flick, Dredd or Commando. And don't get me wrong, I loved Dredd and Commando was what got me into action films, but I can't see any resemblance to Die Hard from OHF apart from the fact that it takes place in an enclosed location. You are right about OHF being dark and gritty but it doesn't feel like Die Hard at all. Of course, I am not saying that it isn't a DHS film, it is, but it just doesn't feel like Die Hard. And you can see why. To me, I am reminded more of Nothing Lasts F…Read more >
I can't stand this movie. It's beyond intelligence insulting. I think the worst things about it besides the horrible script are the ridiculous terrorist plot, the incompetent president who actually gives away nuclear launch codes and the fact that the nuclear plot wouldn't even be possible in real life. Even if unarmed nuclear missiles COULD detonate in their silos, the silos would not let the radiation escape, since they are already built to withstand nuclear attack. Not to mention that North Korea doesn't have the capabilities to pull off this attack and that the US Military would have neutralized the situation before the terrorists got within a mile of the White House. At least in White House Down the terrorists were aided by a diversio…Read more >
Well, that's a pretty good question.
From the main page, I've typed up this to try and summarize it: As with any groundbreaking film series, such as Jaws or Jurassic Park, 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, ordinary, reluctant hero who must find their way out of the mess and save the day because it is the right thing to do! There are two primary types of this film genre: the original Die Hard clones (starting with Die Hard), which use a single location, or the newer Die Hard clones (starting with Die Hard with a Vengeance), which either use entire cities or a wide vari…Read more >