After the masterpiece that was Die Hard, John McClane returned in a sequel that’s bigger in every way though never holds up the same quality in entertainment.
There’s lots of things exploding, loads of bad guys die and some awesome fist fights in the snow, yet the thrill of the lone wolf up against an entire army of mercenaries – basically the formula of the first movie – has vanished …
In this sequel, Bruce Willis repeats his former role and does so with much allure. It’s so easy for him to play the bad-ass cop, smirking when he blows up something big or kills another bad guy.
If there’s one role Bruce Willis will forever be remembered for – this is the one: John McClane!
Other than part 1, John McClane gets into action as soon as the movie’s begun. Audiences around the world expect more action, more fights and more explosions. From that angle, Die Hard 2 delivers and delivers fast! It’s impossible to be bored, as there’s hardly a moment of peace to catch your breath.
The leading bad guy, otherwise a fine performance by William Sadler, is no where near as extraordinary as Alan Rickman in part 1. The new bad guy is nothing more than some dude with an ugly face who wants to blow up planes to give some foreign military evildoer safe extraction into the US.
That’s basically the story. There’s hardly anything else to tell, but that’s ok. Die Hard 2 isn’t the kind of movie that needs a great story, just lots of action and awesome explosions, though it would’ve been nice to see a little bit more originality poured into the script.
Die Hard 2 stays dangerously close to the original formula, making it less of an attraction and more of a replica at times. John McClane is once again seen crawling through air vents to escape the enemy or shooting hundreds of bullets at bad guys whilst rolling on the floor.
But this IS an action sequel, so let’s not overthink things! As things go, Die Hard 2 is a wonderfully nostalgic Christmas-blockbuster and far better than most action movies made today in Hollywood … if only every single action movie was this good!
Did you know?
In the military red tape on mags means live rounds, while blue means blanks. The tape is used in training exercises to prevent accidentally wounding soldiers with live rounds.
Give it to me short:
Die Hard 2 is your typical action sequel. It’s bigger: the set pieces aren’t confined to a single building but now take place in and around an airport. It’s louder: more explosions, more shooting, more fighting. It’s unfortunately enough also less original: the bad guys are hardly worth remembering – in fact the only interesting characters are all good guys. There’s John McClane of course. His wife who’s stuck on a plane along with the annoying reporter from part 1. And an airport police officer played by Dennis Franz before he became Detective Sipowicz in NYPD Blue three years later.
What Die Hard 2 does really good, is get into the action straight away. After no less than 10 minutes you already get your first dead guy (don’t worry, he’s a baddie) and from there it’s a non-stop shooting gallery that’ll have you craving for more. The story is somewhat simple, though never boring. The acting, save for Bruce Willis, falls a bit flat at times. And the movie could’ve definitely benefited from a better script and more original angles.
But in the end, Die Hard 2 delivers and that’s all that matters! It’s a pure eye-candy, popcorn blockbuster leaning heavily on the success of its predecessor, desperately trying to come up with an original story of its own. It won’t win any awards, but it’ll surely win over your heart …