Die Hard 2 (1990) – Encore Review 4


“Oh man, I can’t f*cking believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same sh*t happen to the same guy twice?” – John McClane

Number of Times Seen – No clue (3 times in Theater, cable, Video, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 13 May 2000, Mar 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 10 Nov 2015, 7 Mar 2018, 19 Jan 2020 and 4 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Off-Duty LA cop in Washington DC gets involved in an international conspiracy when the airport is taken over by terrorists.

My Take on it – This is one of my all-time favorite movies and I can watch it over and over and never get tired because of the way it plays out.

The story works really well and despite it being a bit more than a coincidence that these events are happening to the same people who lived through the first film in this series 2 years earlier, it still is so enjoyable and entertaining to watch unfold.

Bruce Willis is once again superb in the lead role and helps keep the action and humor aspects of his character intact the whole way through.

The twists and turns in the plot help keep the audience guessing the whole way through and even if one has seen the movie before, it is still quite entertaining from start to finish.

The choice of Finlandia as the classical musical tone for the film is great and adds so much to the feel of it all.

The villains in this film, mainly William Sadler and Franco Nero aren’t as memorable as Alan Rickman was in the previous film, but they still manage to up the ante as things get deeper and deeper into the story.

Great seeing John Leguiziamo,  Mark Boone Junior, Vondie Curtis Hall, Tom Verica, Don Harvey and Robert Patrick in small roles as goons.

Fred Dalton Thompson, Art Evans, Dennis Franz, Robert Costanzo and John Amos are also great in supporting roles.

Surprisingly, this is definitely a ‘pick me up’ movie and was able to cheer me up when watching this after having a “down” day beforehand.

This is also one of the few movies that I saw in the theater back to back because it thrilled me so much during the first watch!

Highly Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scenes with Bruce Willis running through tunnels under the airport were filmed at a water treatment facility near Los Angeles. The facility has miles of underground tunnels, and was also used in Live Free or Die Hard (2007), doubling as the Woodlawn Social Security Administration building. (From IMDB)

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

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