Thursday, November 16, 2006
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard 2 finds Bruce Willis' John McClane stuck at Dulles Airport in Virginia waiting for his wife's plane. Also arriving at Dulles that day is General Esperanza (Franco Nero), a foreign drug dealer standing trial in America. Colonel Stuart (William Sadler), a former US military man turned evil, causes all sorts of shenanigans in the airport in an effort to free Esperanza. Of course, McClane stands in his way, and chaos ensues.
Let me begin by saying that Die Hard 2 is no Die Hard. It doesn't even compare to Die Hard with a Vengeance. The story, villains, acting, and action are not quite up to par with the other films in the trilogy. Col. Stuart and General Esperanza are your typical corrupt military men, nothing more and nothing less. This is a big difference from the first movie, where Alan Rickman brilliantly portrays Hans Gruber. They feebly attempt making Stuart seem unique and creepy by having him exercise naked in his hotel room before he arrives at the airport, but it doesn't quite work how they intended it. Stuart just comes off as a fruity terrorist, but not a real threat to our hero.
The acting also takes a turn for the worse, especially Art Evans and Fred Thompson as airport employees in the traffic tower. While neither has a pivotal role in the film, every line they deliver is worth a laugh or a cringe, depending on how you look at it.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder is an unworthy sequel to the original, going by the standard rules set for an average 80's action movie. The most memorable scene in the entire film is also the most riridiculous, a man getting stabbed in they eye with an icicle by McClane. The scene is reperesentative of the rest of the film, concentrating more on ridiculous violence and gore rather than interesting characters and a compelling plot.