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Die Hard 2 - 13/5/2006 9:01:28 PM   
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This is a disappointment but is still good watching.

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This film was great when I was eleven! - 30/6/2007 12:48:18 AM   

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Die Hard 2 is seven minutes shorter than the original, yet it feels an hour longer. The filmmakers had no sense of how to pace the film which is basically just a seemingly endless sequence of; action scene, dumbed-down exposition, action scene, dumped-exposition scene, action scene ad nauseam. All action scenes are long, overblown and (the sound included) pumped to the max which leads to no building of stakes or build up of tension which was so crucial to the original film's success. Also missing from this film is the original's human element and it's sly humour and attention to detail. The longer the film goes on the more unlikable characters are introduced and the more disinterested I got with the whole bloody thing. Most of the dialogue was woeful (and filled with f-words just because), including a final exchange between John and Holly that would make George Lucas cringe.

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- 3/7/2007 10:33:19 PM   

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brilliant not as good as the first one but still very good!!!

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The film still kinda kicks ass, and I'm 32! - 20/11/2007 3:43:55 PM   


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Comparisons to the original are redundant, but this slick sequel still manages to display enough balls to impress. The inferior parts 3 and 4 have pumped up its worth even more, and it's certainly aged MUCH better than that other big part 2 to a classic '80s actioner, Lethal Weapon. Gotta love the fiendishness of re-calibrating sea level too.

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- 26/2/2008 6:40:15 PM   


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This is one of the best sequels ever made, it perfectly captures but never betters the origional, I don't care what the critics or fans of it say I loved every minute, I practically have to watch after I've seen the first one.

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Die Harder or: More, Louder, Bigger - 25/3/2008 3:57:56 PM   

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Nowadays the main formula when handling a sequel is, at least in a great many cases: darker! But there was a different, more innocent era, when things were much simpler - just take what people liked about the original and multiply it by (at least) three. No extra points for originality here.
One prime example of old-school-sequelism is Die Hard 2 (aka Die Harder). Die Hard director John McTiernan was busy shooting Hunt For Red October, therefore the reigns were handed over to Finn Renny Harlin, who'd previously only made a handful of b-horror and -action movies (and would briefly enjoy some success in the early 90's, before killing Carolco Studios and getting lost in oblivion). Harlin is nowhere near as talented a director of action and atmosphere as McTiernan, but, to be fair, he does a decent job with what he's been given.
Die Hard may have been just an action movie, but what an action movie it was - its quality becomes all the more apparent when compared with the sequel. Hans Gruber 'only' kills a handful of people, but his manner makes it clear that he's not one to mess with. He turned out to be one of film history's favourite villains. Now in the sequel, we have some bent former army man, who has to make an aircraft full of unsuspecting British tourists crash to make it clear that he's really, really evil. But the result of this questionable stunt isn't that you shiver in fear - the character, played by Wiliam Sadler, remains dull.
And this is not the only character painted with too big a stroke - be it Dennis Franz' head of the airport police or the weird caretaker: even a someone who is blind and deaf will understand what kind of role each character has to fill, but they all remain unengaging and occasionally annoying. Even John McClane borders on caricature and is only saved by Willis' sure-footed performance.
But the lack of detail in the characters isn't the script's main flaw - that would have to be its outright stupidity. The basic premise is ridic

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OH MY GOD! - 21/12/2008 1:20:04 PM   


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What are you talking about, Empire? This is so shit it makes me cringe. Ok so when I first watched it I thought it was alright but let's go back to the present- the dialogue is so shitty i cover my ears whenever I hear one line such as fat fuck Carmine's opening lines: "you are in my pond now...and I'm the big fish that runs it." or Mclane's first line to big drugee baddy: "I'm a good guy. See, you're one of the bad guys and now that I've got your sorry ass I'm gonna trade it for my wife." But it could have been worse-Willis still has Mclane's classic characteristics even if it means delivering shitty lines. Plus the action still puts you in there with the blood stained Mclane. But you still can't forgive an ending that shite!

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...Meh... - 2/5/2010 9:31:24 PM   


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The action scenes are unbearably boring in themselves because they don't involve the audience. We end up observing people firing fake guns at each other in a fake airport. Hugely dissapointing! Big let down, especially compared to the marvellous original Die Hard.

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Die Hard 2: Die Harder - 17/1/2012 11:31:30 PM   
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As entertaining as the first movie, but this feels like the Home Alone 2 of sequels, same shit different place.

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