Aahhhh...the good old days when action movies weren’t over-digitized unrealistic crap. I know I’m sounding old and a bit boring (I’m only in my 40’s!) but I like watching REAL men do REAL (or realistic) stunts. In other words, moving in ways that are actually plausible for a human being in a similar situation... not like some of the more recent movies that look more like video games!!! The early 90’s seemed to be some of the last of this more authentic action. Also the actual visual experience of the less digitized movies then just seems more real to me.
I won’t necessarily waste time reviewing the plot other than to say I’m maybe one of the few who loves this movie as much as the original. Bruce And Bonnie were great as always, and it was nice seeing Al again (although briefly), but I enjoyed the rest of the cast as well. Dennis Franz (pre- NYPD BLUE) played off Bruce Willis and it kept me laughing. I still use, and think of some of their banter today! And of course the very missed Fred Thompson, RIP. Also, even though they were the bad guys, I thought John Amos And William Sadler did excellent work too. Even the blonde newscaster lady was (unintentionally) funny at times, and Art Evans as the tower engineer Leslie Barnes. And I’m glad William Atherton rejoined again as the proverbial unethical newsman jackass who will do anything for a story and who didn’t love Marvin, the janitor in the basement jamming the 1940’s tunes? 😁
Needless to say, I thought Die Hard 2 had a good mix of humor AND action. And I liked that they stuck with the Christmas season and being in Washington D.C. instead of L.A., the snow added a nice ambience. One of my favorite action sequences was the snowmobiles, because, well, I love to sled!!!
Many sequels never touch the first but IMO, for me, this one is just as good. If you haven’t seen it, get it. You won’t be sorry.
“...What do you need...a slide rule to figure this out???...” —J. McClane