If Sgt. Al Powell is assigned to a desk job, why is he driving around in a patrol vehicle and responding to calls?
The impression I got was he was on his way home at the end of the shift, happened to be in the area for what was pitched to him as a milk-run, and decided to check it out real quick and head home.
In Die Hard With a Vengeance, McClane and Zeus defuse a bomb in a park, and then carry it with them because some kids might be hurt. When they hand it over to the bad guys' Mooks, posing as cops, one starts to leave it behind when they're called back to base, only for his partner to berate him for leaving it where it could hurt some kids. When it later turns out the bomb planted in a school was a distraction, Simon points out that he could never hurt children, as he's not a monster.—Tropers.Jonn
Also note that the bombs he *does* set off are in a storefront before business hours and in the subway station under Wall Street, neither of which would likely have any kids in it on a work day.
However, when the first fake cop is finished berating his friend for considering leaving it, they take it with them. They later use this bomb to blow up the dam, flooding the aqueduct. It was a live bomb. Simon may be a monster after all. That said, he may have anticipated the Good Samaritan's actions.
Think of Simon's plan: he wants McClane to succeed all the way, only failing at the near impossible task of cutting across town to reach the destination train station. As part of this plan, the bomb's not going to go off, is it? —Tropers.wkz
Why does the electromagnetic lock from the first movie open when the power is cut? It would make a lot more sense to design it to remain closed unless power is applied to it.
Electromagnets are only magnetic because of electricity, so if you cut off the power, then there is nothing to keep the electromagnet sealed.
The electromagnetic lock was the only lock that was still working. Theo had gotten through or past all the rest of them. So when the power stops going to the electromagnetic lock, that means all the locks are open, so they can get through.
If Hans is able to effortlessly speak English with a perfect American accent, why does he bother speaking in a German accent at all? No one I know prefers to sound accented in any non-native language.
Speaking in an American accent takes effort, speaking with his normal accent does not.
Why didn't they get Alan Rickman to do a German accent properly anyhow (he's obviously good with accents?) It's really distracting to have Hans Gruber sound so British, even if it is handwaved with him going to school in England.
He actually sounds a lot like most Germans who learn to speak English well without much of a German accent do.
Hans criticizes American culture and society numerous times throughout the movie. Why would he use the accent of a country he clearly doesn't like too much?
That's an easy one - when he speaks in his American accent, it is for the sole purpose of trying to make McClane think he works there.
How are Hans & co planning to exchange all the (let alone one) 100 000 $ papers without people noticing?
Easy, Hans stated in the movie the true "treasure" they are looking behind Nakatomi´s safe is not money in regular paper nor the samurai armor and other japanese relics from Takagi´s personal collection XD, they are after the $640 millions in bearer bonds. This is an economic issue: bearer bonds are different from "normal" (registered) bonds since no records are kept of the buyer/owner, or the transactions made with them (like if you sell one of them to another private investor, even in a dark backalley), and they must be honored (paid) by the issuer up-front cash with no further questions. A smart move from Hans... (and this is why now bearer bonds are prohibited in most countries in the world, and all transactions with bonds and similar papers need to be registered, also as an anti-money laundering measure)
To add to this, bearer bonds were only issued in sums of $10,000 or less.
So in Good Day to Die Hard, the bad guys have a seemingly magical chemical that can somehow eliminate radiation in an area to the point of being able to breathe and walk around without gas masks or protective suits. If that sort of chemical existed, whoever invented it should get the Nobel prize because that would eliminate all the nuclear waste and contamination problems in the world ever.
How does John know Bill Clay is a Line-of-Sight Name? Because Clay, WM is from the 29th floor, in a blink and you miss it moment, it's mentioned by the receptionist that the only people on the building are all from the 30th.
Also, "Bill" takes the empty cigarette pack and calmly puts it into his pocket. Someone in that situation would probably dropped the piece of trash on the (unfinished) floor, since he'd be too nervous to worry about littering.
He didn't have to know that "Bill Clay" was an assumed identity a priori. Handing him an unloaded weapon would have been a prudent test regardless of any suspicious clues.
It just occurred to me that Argyle's being oblivious of what's going on for half the movie might be a bit of a subtle joke; in the early scenes he's actually remarkably observant; he immediately figures out John's marital situation despite John's reluctance to talk about it. John, a detective, actually compliments him on this.
He was also talking to his girlfriend, trying to get her to meet up with him, and raiding the mini-bar.
Before The Reveal in With a Vengeance, Simon claims that "all the gold in Fort Knox" couldn't make him stop. Then he robs the Federal Reserve Bank, which contains a substantially larger amount of gold in it.