Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #291 Die Hard 2

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Movie #291 Die Hard 2

(1990, US, d. Renny Harlin)

Bigger, badder, and harder than the original film in the multi-million dollar grossing franchise, Die Hard 2 demonstrates just a little more creativity with its material than the writers of the recent The Hangover: Part II did with their screenplay. Die Hard 2 is basically Die Hard – just in an airport now instead of a skyscraper. And though I was exaggerating a lot with my comparison to The Hangover, there is not anything really new in this film, save for the location. John McClane is still fighting for his wife – who is now on a plane. The black cop is still there, played by Reginald VelJohnson, with a slightly larger and forcefully comedic role of ‘the friendly black man’. The bad guys are all still there and they even have a personal connection with Mr. McClane. In fact, it’s pretty much the same movie. But the reason it succeeds is because of the material and the characters in the first place. The Die Hard franchise was still original at that point. There were not too many films like it even when the sequel was released. Therefore, the sequel doesn’t really tread the line of cliches – it almost creates them. Second, it’s  sort of impossible to not love John McClane. Bruce Willis’s infectious smile, natural sense of humor, and general ‘badass-ness’ is enough to get the audience’s cheering. And same with me.

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