Besides a great script/cast, many technical aspects are needed to create the magic the moviegoer sees on screen. Almost all these important pieces are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with categories at the Oscars.
Instead of stone-faced bodybuilders or martial arts experts, Die Hard had John McClane, an everyman New York cop with only street smarts and a sense of humor on his side who seemed as surprised as anyone to be an action hero.
Dan Yeager is another in the long line of Hollywood discovery stories. Another unknown to billboard icon. He's the new Leatherface -- the iconic centerpiece to a franchise with a central throne in the pantheon of horror.
Families taking children to summer blockbuster after intergalactic war thriller would do well to end the evening with a conversation about the sacrifices incumbent in such fantastically bright explosions.