I suppose you could take the safe — the whole purpose of any drama is to unlock the heart of the audience. It’s catharsis. And to allow people to feel. Because we’re so smart. We’re too smart to have sympathy. We have to fake people out in order to allow them to feel, to make it okay for them to have emotions in a work of art. Since we’re supposed to be like, really cool, and have been for a long time.
Jackson De Govia Production Designer from the Die Hard commentary
"There’s just something about the decency of Bonnie Bedelia, Takagi, and that hapless police lieutenant, and Reginald VelJohnson, and the maid. Even though you’re rooting for John, the Bruce Willis character, and you love the fact that he’s the avenger — this is who he’s the avenger of! This is who he’s standing for. That’s what a cop is supposed to be. He’s supposed to take care of people that can’t be violent against the people who are, who kill without thinking twice about it. Or cheat or lie or steal. And in that sense he’s an extremely satisfying hero. In a way that is not seen much in modern stories. But in order to get there you have to blow up the building, you have to have all this spectacle to kind of overwhelm our resistance to belief in the fact that when push comes to shove… we really mostly like other people when we get a chance to see them. And these characters in Die Hard are all innately sympathetic. And the villain himself, a wonderful rogue, he’s a wonderful devil because he’s totally aware. That was a really neat trick. He’s the principal of evil but he’s so damn much fun to watch because we would all like to go there but we’re not allowed and there’s a reason — because we’re capable of such awful things. I think that’s enough about the vault."