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18
Cast
Bruce Willis
Bonnie Bedelia
William Atherton
William Sadler
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Steven E de Souza
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Die Hard 2
Airport-based sequel to Die Hard


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Plot
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.


Review
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.


Verdict
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.


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Die Hard 2: Die Harder

As entertaining as the first movie, but this feels like the Home Alone 2 of sequels, same shit different place. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 23:31, 17 January 2012 | Report This Post


...Meh...

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. ... More

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Posted by krisjcummins at 21:31, 02 May 2010 | Report This Post


OH MY GOD!

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 ... More

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Posted by !xHoTRoDx! at 13:20, 21 December 2008 | Report This Post


Die Harder or: More, Louder, Bigger

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... More

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Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 15:57, 25 March 2008 | Report This Post


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. ... More

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Posted by dgribble at 18:40, 26 February 2008 | Report This Post


The film still kinda kicks ass, and I'm 32!

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. ... More

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Posted by dunner05 at 15:43, 20 November 2007 | Report This Post


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

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Posted by casino at 22:33, 03 July 2007 | Report This Post


This film was great when I was eleven!

d 2en 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 t... More

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Posted by directorscut at 00:48, 30 June 2007 | Report This Post


This is a disappointment but is still good watching. ... More

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Posted by huny_monster at 22:49, 21 July 2006 | Report This Post


TOTALLY BRILLIANT ... More

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