What happens when an explosion destroys a department store in New York City? John McClane, back in his tank-top, hits the streets. Only this time, the terrorist is playing “Simon Says” and our hero is sent to the subway to find another bomb. In Die Hard with a Vengeance, McClane tears apart the city with leaps and bounds, but getting around its congested streets is by far his biggest challenge. He walks, runs, bikes, takes a cab, steals someone’s car and even drives a truck; but the subway scene really gets to the true nature of the city.
Sitting hung-over, agitated and hysterical between the faceless strangers, John McClane appears to be one of them. Simon says there’s a bomb on the train, though, so he can’t sit back like the others. It’s a simple enough task for an NYC police officer, when he finally finds the explosive stashed in a phone-box. Skip the code breaking, there’s no trigger that will set the bomb off; he just needs to get it off the train. The challenge rings clear for the close-quartered commuters, who don’t know what to think of New York’s finest amongst them. The subway offers a quick trip, an anxious encapsulation and a choice.
You must decide what type of commuter you’re going to be. You can listen to the man claiming to be a cop, or second-guess his actions and wait for something to happen. Sure, barreling 50 miles an hour down a dark tunnel, surrounded by dozens of people is a drag, but how about when they start involving you in their insanities? Again, you must decide — maybe just this once, you could listen up, and trust the dirt-ridden, profusely sweaty man who claims to be a cop. Fortunately, in this case, this community beneath the surface chooses trust. The train still blows apart, but at least our hero can laugh as he climbs out of the mangled remains. Now get the hell out of the way.