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Die Hard 2 1990

  • Renny Harlin
  • July 2, 1990
  • 124 mins
  • English
  • Action, Thriller
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John McClane is an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane's smart-mouthed heroics.


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When making a sequel to a good movie, there are many which fall entirely flat of their predecessors. They do so by making a list of the things which they think to have made the original good, assigning knobs on a metaphorical sound-board to those things, and turning them all up until they won't turn any farther. Die Hard 2 could have altered the formula. It could have explored the John McClane character, or it could have explained his success in the first. But Die Hard 2 cut-and-pasted the formula of the former onto a new set of terrorists, increased the "badass factor", and let 'er rip. It wasn't a complete disaster-- There were more Die Hard films to come that would fulfill its potential for sheer awfulness-- But there is a measure of disappointment when a sequel is simply a dilution of its predecessor. Die Hard 2 could be filed in Dewey notation next to Aliens, Terminator 2, and Back II the Future, each one pleasing its fans enough, but accomplishing nothing on its own.

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Ya, not quite up there with the first still one of the better action movies.

Of the first three this is the one I liked the least. I always attributed that to the fact that this was directed by Harlin instead of McTiernan. The highrise was better than the airport as a playground, Rickman was the much better villain. I don´t know it just wasn´t there in the second. The movie is like a copy of the original - slightly faded.

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As with "Die Hard 1": a very solid, fun and entertaining action flick! What do you want more?

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