MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#31 of 47) – Die Hard 2 (1990) – Encore Review 3

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #31 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… Die Hard 2 (1990)

Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I highly anticipated ever since I first heard about it a few months before it came out. I even had the opportunity to travel to be an extra and (unfortunately) chose not to go.  I ended up seeing this film the night before the premier at a special engagement showing and subsequently went again the following day for the first showing at noon. It remains the only movie of the thousands that I’ve seen in my life that I have seen in the theater twice, two days in a row.

“Yeah, yeah! I know all about you and that Nakatomi thing in L.A.! But just cuz the TV thinks you’re hot sh*t, that don’t make it so.” – Carmine Lorenzo

Number of Times Seen – Way too many times to count (3 times in Theater, cable, Video, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 13 May 2000, Mar 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 10 Nov 2015, 7 Mar 2018 and 19 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – An off duty LA detective once again gets himself into trouble when terrorists take over the Washington DC airport.

My Take on it – In some ways, this is my favorite film in the Die Hard franchise because of the fashion of when and how I saw it for the first (and second) time.

As a HUGE fan of the original film in the series, this one is a guilty pleasure for me because of the various circumstances surrounding the filming and viewing of this film (see Initial Viewing Memories above).

The story does a great job of being reminiscent of the first film yet at the same time doesn’t feel too repetitive and finds its unique voice within the plot, story and of of course the twists and turns.

Bruce Willis is one again in top form in this role and makes us believe his character as a lone man against an group of baddies.

The choice to use an airport as a venue works really well because it leaves open lots of great opportunities for the character to move around and despite not being as claustrophobic as a hi-rise, it still keeps things within the same realm.

The story is thrilling from start to finish and I love the way that they play things out because it once again proves that clever screenwriting can make things unique and innovative the whole way through.

Despite the fact that when I first saw this movie, a clue in the film reminded me of The Park is Mine (1985) and hinted to me what was really going on, this story is done so well even if the ending feels a bit too rushed.

The supporting cast is also great and both returning characters Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedilia and William Atherton and new characters played by William Sadler, Dennis Franz and John Amos add to the atmosphere of the story.

Loved seeing small roles played by future recognizable actors Vondie Curtis Hall, John Leguziamo, Colm Meaney, Tom Verica and of course Robert Patrick.

Such a fun and entertaining film to watch over and over again.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the first Die Hard (1988), John McClane only had a few scripted one-liners. However, Bruce Willis ad-libbed so many one liners and audiences liked them so much that in this sequel (and the next one), more gags were added and Willis was told he could ad-lib as many more as he saw fit. (From IMDB)

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


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One thought on “MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#31 of 47) – Die Hard 2 (1990) – Encore Review 3

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