Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Year: 1990
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Steven E de Souza
Cast: Bruce Willis, William Sadler, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald Veljohnson, Dennis Franz

Renny Harlin brings his trademark to the Die Hard franchise; being European, he has none of the squeamishness of his Hollywood counterparts so you can always count on lots of bloodshed among innocent bystanders and the good guys dying horrible, glorified deaths that border on the seriously upsetting.

The template for the original film is laid completely intact over a new movie – with all references to 'skyscraper' replaced with 'airport'. John McClane himself; how can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?

From the get go, it's a Die Hardesque rollercoaster ride of things exploding, gunfire, fights and action on crystal meth.

Yet another band of terrorists want to take over something – Dulles airport in Washington in this case – and when McClane (Willis) finds himself there waiting to meet his wife from a flight, he's plunged into it headfirst armed with only his gun and cute wisecracks.

After such an iconic villain who stole the show in the original (Alan Rickman), they've tried to forge another memorable presence, but the calculating, cold commando unit leader (Sadler) doesn't quite cut it despite an effective job of doing the 'remorseless and fearsome' thing.

Great fun though, with more action and adventure but no more logic than the first time.

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