HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Cryptozoo
Weathering with You
Rim of the World
Love & Basketball
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Trapped
We Need to Do Something
Falbalas
Vanguard
A-X-L
Injustice
Bigfoot Hunters
Armitage III: Polymatrix
Girls Nite Out
Moxie!
Five Women for the Killer
Dolce Vita, La
Pig
I Am Belmaya
Lodger, The
Show, The
Beta Test, The
Medium, The
John and the Hole
Survivalist, The
Ape Woman, The
Black Widow
Cop Secret
Dark Eyes of London, The
V/H/S/94
Fay Grim
Night of the Animated Dead
Freshman Year
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
Death Screams
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.
Demonia
East, The
   
 
Newest Articles
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
   
 
  Die Hard 2 Air Scare
Year: 1990
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, William Sadler, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Art Evans, Fred Dalton Thompson, Tom Bower, Sheila McCarthy, Don Harvey, Tony Ganios, Robert Patrick, John Leguizamo, Colm Meaney
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: Cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is outside a Washington D.C. airport attempting to bargain with the policeman who is towing away his car and giving him a ticket, but to no avail. He's there to meet his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) so they can be together for Christmas, but things might not turn out the way they expect. As McClane enters the building he hears his pager beeping and struggles to find a public telephone that is not in use, but when he does it's his wife calling from an aeroplane phone, something McClane didn't realise was possible. After the call, he accidentally bumps into an imposing man who he recognises from TV: Colonel Stuart (William Sadler), a man with a devious plan...

Considered the least of the Die Hard movies, this first sequel made much more money than its predecessor even as it was criticised for its violence, which is a strange thing to complain about for an action flick. Around this time this American genre was still reeling from the success of the original and producing variations on it, meaning this was very much Die Hard in an airport although you have to admit it's a well utilised location. Before his name was besmirched as one of the worst directors of all time, Renny Harlin was the man in charge and doing a creditable job.

However, the film is obviously so keen to replicate the formula of the first one that it has an uninspired feel, with most of the imagination going on the deaths or explosions; supposedly Die Hard 2 had the highest body count of any action movie up to that time. The plot is relatively uncomplicated, with a Central American drugs lord flying into the airport for trial in the U.S.A. and the right wing hard nut Stuart the man who wants to intercept him and take the criminal with his team of renegades to freedom. And only one man can stop him!

McClane (for it is he) spots unusual behaviour in the departure lounge and ends up in a gun battle behind the scenes with Stuart's mercenaries, with the bad guys the worse for wear. Naturally airport security become involved and McClane meets the deliberately obtuse antagonist who is not actually a bad guy, Captain Lorenzo (Dennis Franz fills that thankless role). However, the authorities notice that McClane might be right about trouble brewing when someone takes over their air traffic control and switches off the landing lights. Soon there is a fleet of aircraft circling overhead, running out of fuel - including the plane that Holly is on.

The whole film is reminiscent of a nineteen-seventies Airport blockbuster with nineties violence added to spice up the mix, and disaster movies seem the natural home for this effort with its crashing passenger jet (don't worry, they were all British!) and civilians facing certain doom if our hero can't save them. A hero who, you begin to notice, never runs out of bullets - how much ammunition does he carry with him, generally? The storyline grows ever more preposterous, but if you're a fan of this kind of thriller then you'll indulge the filmmakers their daftness, because Die Hard 2 is surprisingly good fun. Willis is more invincible than ever, so any suspense about his wellbeing is notably absent, but he carries the (lesser quality) wisecracks with customary style. Not brilliant, but better than it had a right to be, then. Music by Michael Kamen.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4123 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: