Treated as...

Treated as an architectural premise, Die Hard becomes an exhilarating catalog of unorthodox movements through space. I would suggest again, then, that where the various Die Hard sequels went wrong was in abandoning this spatial investigation — one that could very easily have been scaled-up to encompass a city — and following, instead, the life of one character: John McClane. But, when taken out of Nakatomi Plaza — that is, out of the boundless, oceanic fluidity of Nakatomi space — McClane is reduced to an action film cliché whose failing charisma no amount of wise-cracking can salvage.

Geoff Manaugh (via You Might Find Yourself)