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Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)


Bruce Willis
Bonnie Bedelia
Williams Sadler
Art Evans

Directed by Renny Harlin

Die Hard 2: Die Harder starts with McClane going around with a smile, as he is looking forward to meeting up with his wife at the airport, then the movie picks up as we see the new villain and his crew start to take places as they plan to take over Washington Dulles International Airport. This movie kicks off well, it draws you in as you are eager to see what will be the outcome of all this bad guys taking position and then next we are drawn into a lone hero taking on a terrorist gang in a way that Jack Bauer (pardon me all you 24 (TV series) fans) would wish he had the guts to even try.

In this second film in the franchise the action starts early brief introduction is done, and McClane starts to kill bad guys bringing one down in the first 15 minutes of the film. The movie did have its fault though, like the time when one of the bad guys stopped getting away to look back, so he could get killed and McClane could get a ride.

Die hard 2 like its predecessor is adapted from a book named 58 Minutes that was released in 1987 and written by Walter Wager and the characters are from the Roderick Thorp bestselling novel Nothing Lasts Forever in 1979. This second movie had recurring cast from the first movie like McClane’s wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), Dick Thomburg (William Altherton) and Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) who appeared briefly.

The movie kicks off like the last on Christmas Eve, when terrorist took over the airport to break out their fellow terrorist off a plane with no hitches. Unfortunately for the terrorist McClane happened to be at the same airport and his wife was in the air with the planes running out of fuel; McClane has to take out the terrorist and find a way to land the planes.

This movie has McClane our lone hero find himself in the same mess like the first, with almost similar environment; so like he went all carefree in the first and ending up all shut up and beat up in the end, so did he in this one.

The movie’s production cost was 3 times more than the first Die Hard in 1988, and made almost twice more, making this 1990 movie a commercial success and it was also well received by critics but not as much as the first which was a critical acclaim. After you have seen the excitement that the first Die Hard brings there is practically no reason why you should not dig this up too.

After this movie 20thCentury Fox waited 5 years before we saw McClane again going all “Yippee kai yay, motherfu@#er” on the bad guys. The other movies in this franchise are Die Hard: with a Vengeance (1995), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).


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