Die Hard 2 (1990)

Wholly depressing

Directed by: Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger was alright, from what I remember of it, and I didn’t mind 12 Rounds which tells you pretty much how bad of a director I think he is)

Written by: Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson, based off of Walter Wager’s novel “58 Minutes”

Starring: Bruce Willis, William Sadler, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Tom Bower, Franco Nero, Dennis Franz, Art Evans, Fred Dalton Thompson, Vondie Curtis-Hall, John Amos and Reginald VelJohnson and a few other “before they were famous” actors. Check the tags.

What it’s about: on Christmas Eve, John McClane must once again save the day, in this instance Dulles International Airport in Washington when terrorists take it over

B-Movie Alternate Title: I dunno, it doesn’t get much B-Movier than its actual original title, Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Movie Mash Up: It’s Die Hard, but in an airport!

What I liked: I’m a fan of the John McClane character, so it was good to see him return, even if it was in this movie.  Also great to see super-intense William Sadler get a high-profile acting gig.  I also kind of developed a “thing” for Bonnie Bedelia for some reason, so yay her.  There are some other actors that are great to see in the movie, but it is probably the weakest of the Die Hard franchise.  Super fun fact: I believe this is the first appearance of “The Simpsons” on the big screen, as a bit from the first Dr. Marvin Monroe episode is briefly shown during the film.

What I disliked: This movie seemed to take all the fun out of creating tropes.  Seriously, it’s like there was a checklist where they had to make sure the second one had all of the same things as the first one, only bigger or more.  “Black sidekick? CHECK.  Wife in Jeopardy?  CHECK CHECK.  William Atherton doing his asshole schtick?  CHECK.”  etc.  It is mostly depressing to watch, and barely has anything to do with Christmas at all.  The action pieces alternate between stunning and pathetic, with the reaction shots from Willis (based off of Harlin’s direction I’m guessing) making me one sad panda.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Ehn, it is part of the franchise, so you should watch it, but it is the weak link.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Dennis Franz spends the entire movie YELLING


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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