Die Hard 2 (1990)
Reviewed on 2011 December 1
The second entry in the Die Hard quadrilogy; not quite as chock-full of awesomeness as the first one in my humble opinion, but still a very good follow-up with better than two hours of John McClane kicking butt (he wastes little time taking names).
This time, McClane (Willis, of course. This isn’t like the Bond franchise; when Willis can’t do this any more, the Die Hard franchise needs to do just that) is in D.C. on Christmas Eve. It doesn’t look like this holiday is going to be any easier than the last one, as his first “gift” is a parking ticket. Parking woes are soon the least of his worries.
He plans to meet his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) for a quiet night of room service and bubbly, Once again, denied. A vigilante soldier of fortune-type nut (William Sadler) and his posse plan on freeing a South American drug lord, and they’re not going to let the airport security droids stop them. They don’t expect the one-man militia of John McClane, Inc., schooling them.
Something about a good-looking tough guy swatting bad guys like they’re gnats just warms my heart, especially during the holiday season. This one has a little more humor than the first, and Dennis Franz is good as an obdurate, overgrown hall monitor who won’t listen to McClane, even though McClane gives him evidence that something very wrong in his “little pond”. Reginald VelJohnson is back as Sgt. Powell, the smart, easy-going cop with a soft spot for Twinkies®.
Three chocolate morsels.
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