Since Bruce Willis announced his retirement, and specifically after it was made public that he suffers from dementia, leaders of both film distributors and television networks in the country have decided to keep the actor’s presence on the screen alive by airing some of the twenty-something by-products that Probably in a time-trial attempt to expand his financial safety net before becoming completely unable to act, he rode badly during his last two years in the profession. Perhaps they believe that programming these films is the most appropriate way to pay homage to his leading lady, or perhaps they see them as a cheap way to cash in on his illness. In any case, the fans better satiate his willis desire tracking the streaming platforms in search of the titles of his career that did the most for him, and for us. These five, for example.
CRYSTAL JUNGLE (1988)
John McClane is, without a doubt, the character that will always come to mind first when we think of Willis, with his bare feet covered in crystals, his bloody empire shirt and sarcasm dripping from his mouth. A reticent hero from a textbook, who would rather spend Friday night guzzling beers in front of the TV than killing off one by one the terrorists who are holding his wife captive at the top of Nakatomi Plaza. Although when he filmed it he already had a legion of fans thanks to the series ‘Moonlight’ (1985-1989), this film made him a star. Aboard her not only changed the course of his career, but that of action cinema in general. Yippie ki-yay!
PULP FICTION (1994)
The opportunity to work with Quentin Tarantino – at that time the new golden boy of Hollywood – in the shoes of a boxer who decides to win a fight after receiving money from the mafia in exchange for losing it, must have felt like a gift from God. heaven after successive failures suffered because of ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ (1990), ‘The Great Falcon’ (1991) and ‘Billy Bathgate’ (1992). He is a character that is as tender as he is brutal. We see him call his girlfriend “strawberry face & rdquor; but also to make good use of a katana when two guys kidnap him with the intention of raping him.
12 MONKEYS (1996)
Willis didn’t work with many directors gifted with a sensibility as unique as Terry Gilliam’s, and the former Monty Python managed to extract a hitherto hidden acting side from him in this magnificent piece of dystopian sci-fi about a mentally damaged convict who is sent back in time on a mission to stop the spread of a virus that will take billions of lives. He had never before exposed himself as emotionally as he did here, playing a man desperately fighting for his sanity and his life, and perhaps never again.
THE PROTECTED (2000)
After the success of ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999), the actor did not think twice about working with M. Night Shyamalan again, this time in the shoes of an ordinary man, a failed husband and father, who turns out not to be so ordinary after all. This is a film ahead of its time, which deconstructed the myth of the superhero long before these types of characters became a collective film obsession. Here, Willis perceives his vigilante status as a burden. What he wants to save is not the world, but only his world.
His last great movie. Directed by Ryan Johnson, in the shoes of a contract killer who avoids being eliminated by a younger version of himself -it’s complicated- before embarking on his revenge against those who betrayed him, in it Willis works as a vehicle for interesting reflections on the passage of time, destiny and free will and the devastating effects of violence. A character weighed down by melancholy, regret and a sense of defeat, which he tries to redeem himself before his own existence vanishes.