Christmas time again. John McClane is at Dulles Airport in Washington, waiting for his wife to arrive for Christmas with their families, when he discovers a plot to take control of the airport. Soon, a new group of mercenaries are making demands, holding the circling planes hostage while McClane sets off to find and stop them.
Pretty much an object lesson in sequel making, Renny Harlin's follow up to the action classic delivers just enough knowing nods ("How can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" wails Willis), while notching up the explosion quotient. Only William Sadler as villain Col. Stuart lets it down somewhat, delivering a serviceable performance but one that nowhere near rivals Alan Rickmans sneering incarnation of pure evil.
It's entertaining nonsense that doesn't quite manage to recapture the magic of the original. Still, there are some nice moments here, and Willis is on solid ground as the iconic McClane.
More violent, more explosive and even bigger than the original - this ticks all the sequel boxes. But as long as Willis is in his vest and playing McClane, it's hard to care about its shortcomings.