Franchise Evolution: Lethal Weapon vs. Die Hard (part 1 of 2)

As you might have surmised from my past writings, and if you visit my blog, I’m a huge fan of action movies. I’m pretty sure that the gateway film for most people of my generation was either Lethal Weapon or Die Hard. Both franchises are legendary in the genre, and prime examples of what’s great about action films.

Like my Arnold vs. Sly article from last year, this will be more of a comparison piece than anything else. An evolutionary chart, if you will. I don’t want to get too deep into plot details (these films have been around long enough that you should have seen most of them at least once, anyway), but for those of you new to the party:

Lethal Weapon: Cops vs. Vietnam vet drug smugglers.

Lethal Weapon 2: Cops vs. South African diplomat drug smugglers.

Lethal Weapon 3: Cops vs. an ex-cop into weapons smuggling.

Lethal Weapon 4: Cops vs. Triad smugglers. Mainly people and other stuff… I think. Hell, I don’t know.

Die Hard: The prototype—Bruce Willis vs. terrorists in an office building on Christmas Eve.

Die Hard 2: Die Harder: Bruce Willis vs. terrorists in an airport, also around Christmastime.

Die Hard With a Vengeance: Bruce Willis vs. terrorists in New York. Looks to be summer, based on the weather.

Live Free or Die Hard: Bruce Willis vs. terrorists in Washington D.C and the surrounding area. I’m guessing it takes place in the summer, since there’s no rain or snow, and there’s nobody shivering and saying, “Shit, is it cold!”

With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Franchise Evolution: Lethal Weapon vs. Die Hard

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