Die Hard 2 (1990) – Encore Review 2


“I’ll make you a deal, Marvin. You show me a shortcut out to those runways and I’ll get you a liner for that coat. ” – John McClane

Number of Times Seen – Way too many times to count (3 times in Theater, cable, Video, DVD, 13 May 2000, Mar 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 10 Nov 2015 and 7 Mar 2018)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – While visiting family in Washington DC, John McClane once again encounters a group of terrorists and must stop them in order to save his wife who is circling the skies in a plan running out of fuel.

My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite films.

Despite the fact that I’ve seen thousands upon thousands of movies in my lifetime, there are very few that I have had the pleasure to see in the theater multiple times and this is among them.

I had the pleasure to first see this film in a preview the night before opening day and yet again at the first showing on July 4th the following day.

This film is quite amazing and they manage to keep the action flowing non-stop the entire time.

Bruce Willis was able to prove with this film that his performance in the original film wasn’t a fluke and that he could continue playing John McClane while somehow keeping things fresh no matter the situation he find himself in.

The thrills are peppered with lots of twists and turns along the way that also allows for some big surprises in the storyline.

I almost drove 4 hours each way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a friend to be an extra on this film and to this day, I still (somewhat) regret that decision because it would have been so much fun.

That is yet another reason why I have such a soft spot for this film.

This film might not be as groundbreaking as the original film but they did a great job making an equally thrilling sequel.

The added bonus of weaving into the storyline recent political issues helps make this film feel like it could be genuine which also helps make it even more entertaining.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that keeps the action flowing so fluidly the entire time.  Willis proved with this film that he was the right man for this kind of role because he was able to recreate his character while still giving a fresh feeling for the role here.  The thrills are also filled with some surprises along the way as the storyline twists and turns.  I have such a soft spot for this film probably due to my history with it and the franchise itself. While not as groundbreaking as the original, this was a thrilling sequel that was also able to add in a lot of recent political issues that we quite relevant when this came out. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Black & Decker paid to have its cordless drill featured in a scene with Bruce Willis. When the scene was cut, the company sued 20th Century Fox in the first-ever product placement lawsuit for a film. The 150,000 dollar claim was settled out of court (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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