- Title Die Hard 2
- Director Renny Harlin
- Year 1990
- Run time 2hrs 4m
- Genres Action, Thriller
- Tagline Die harder
Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, an off-duty cop who is the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time. On a snowy Christmas Eve, as he waits for his wife’s plane to land at Washington Dulles International Airport, terrorists take over the air traffic control system. It’s now up to McClane to take on the terrorists, while coping with an inept airport police chief, an uncooperative anti-terrorist squad and the life of his wife and everyone else trapped in planes circling overhead.
Title: Die Hard 2 Director: Renny Harlin Year: 1990 Run time: 2hrs 4m
Ahh, I love this film. I don’t know why, given some of the plane stuff and my own weird phobias on that, but still, it’s brilliant. Where most prefer the original, I’ve always loved the sequel more. We waited for the longest time for it to be available in HD, and when it was, it seemed the perfect movie to mark my 300th Film Watch!
1:46 - Cor, look at all that hair Bruce has! 3:47 - Not just days of payphones, but beepers too. 4:45 - “As far as I’m concerned, progress peaked with frozen pizza.” 5:45 - Blimey, you wouldn’t be allowed to take a taser on a plane nowadays! 12:32 - Is that what luggage sorting stuff is like? Mostly terrifying. Bit of smoke pouring everywhere. 13:56 - Some people are going to be getting their luggage and wondering why there’s a bullet embedded in their suitcase. 25:46 - Aww, cute that faxes are considered technologically forward. 38:00 - How are all these people getting up into the control tower?? 44:59 - Fantastically over-dramatic deaths, I must say. 48:06 - Some of these stunts are quite laughable but it’s still brilliant. 54:56 - Why would Hollywood reference a British Rail ad? Who would get that? 55:36 - I can’t watch this bit. 1:03:15 - Send in the army. 1:04:37 - “Where do we get those big lights, borrow them from Batman?” 1:07:20 - It’s amazing how suspiciously these two on the plane are acting, they’d not last one minute these days. 1:13:17 - He said ‘wish me luck’ and he just said ‘roger’. No luck wished at all. 1:17:59 - To be good at grenades, you also have to be good at throwing. 1:24:57 - The beeper going off and giving him away is a precursor to mobiles always doing that. Silent mode, people! 1:31:02 - If you need to know where McClane is, just follow the trouble! 1:38:16 - Being shot at, even with blanks, is something that would take some getting over. 1:41:19 - Do tasers knock you out? I thought they were just freakishly painful. 1:43:38 - “I’m not playing chicken with a 200 tonne plane!” Reminds me of “Let’s land on him, we’ll cripple his car.” 1:48:09 - So, this is a lot more unrealistic than I remember, but at this point I’m just thinking - at least it’s not a helicopter in the channel tunnel. 1:53:22 - Aww, nice ending. Although, the planes might have to move out of each other’s way. They’re not Red Arrows in landing! 1:55:42 - I’m enjoying the GENUINE lens flare.
It’s fair to say that the movie isn’t really aging well, and there are bits of it that are far more ridiculous than I remember. That still doesn’t diminish my love for it though, even if I have to hide behind the sofa for THAT bit. All those one-liners amidst the great action, fab supporting characters like the janitor and the comms guy, it’s just a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
It’s worth noting that I spotted my first plot hole on this watching of it. At the end, when the plane is taking off, it’s heading straight into the path of the incoming plane with Bruce’s wife on. If it hadn’t blown up, the terrorists may have found themselves coming down in flames anyway!
Rating: 4 / 5