Die Hard 2

Release Date: July 2nd, 1990

Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min.

Directed By: Renny Harlin

Cast: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, William Sadler, Art Evans, Dennis Franz, John Amos


This time around, John McClane must defend the Dulles International Airport against a group of terrorists, lead by Col. Stuart. McClane has more at stake when Stuart’s team takes control of the airplanes, one of which has McClane’s wife, Holly, aboard.


Just like Die Hard , this movie does feature Christmas but of course, doesn’t focus on it. The action and comedy is here, like the first movie, but this one isn’t nearly as good. A few of the actors return, including Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson (for a very brief appearance), and William Atherton.

Out of the new characters introduced, I enjoyed Art Evans as Barnes the best. He is almost like Al from Die Hard. He believes in John from the beginning and teams up with him to help stop the terrorists.

Dennis Franz as Carmine Lorenzo, the leader of the airport police, is a jerk to McClane throughout the entire film but does redeem himself at the end.

William Atherton plays a larger role this time around. He just happens to be on the same plane as Holly (he has filed a restraining order against her) but learns of what is happening at the airport and just makes things worse.

John Amos is one of those actors you see in all sorts of movies and television. He plays Capt. Grant here and his character is kind of a jerk to McClane but also redeems himself.

William Sadler did a good job as the leader of the terrorists. He wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as Hans Gruber was from Die Hard but they are two completely different characters. There is a brief shot at the beginning of his characters nude backside which is completely random and has nothing to do with the story.

Die Hard 2 is a good watch but not nearly as enjoyable or has as much replayability factor as Die Hard. There is a twist near the end of the movie that I had forgotten about from watching it a couple of years ago and the movie does provide a few laughs and some good action sequences. However, it just isn’t as good as Die Hard and even seems almost too goofy at times.



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