Jan 2, 2008

Die Hard 2


Die Harder.

The average Joe American icon is back played by Aryan badass god Bruce Willis, but this time he is left in a very uncomfortable situation. 2 years after the events at Nakatomi Plaza, John is in Dulles Airport waiting for his wife to land when he begins to catch suspicion of yet another terrorist job. He first catches wind when he notices another another black power Urkel-looking motherfucker enter a restricted area and began noticing them wearing army jackets. After tailing them, a shoot out appears in a baggage warehouse. Leaving the white man dead and the black man jumping fences to get out, McClane goes and talks to the airport police chief played by the awfully annoying Dennis Franz who i will continually disagree of his German heritage.



Franz is an annoying bastard in character and out. He of course tells McClane he is wrong, and well frankly, we know that McClane is never wrong. He mentions the Glock porcelain handguns which of course, do not exist. After this incident, McClane takes it up to the big dog's offices while they dismiss him too. Then all the lights go out and the communications are dead. It seems the spaghetti western legend Franco Nero plays a pissed off mercenary who is trying to get his dictator back. He refuses to turn everything back on until the dictator is safely landed and allowed to escape.


The planes that are currently in flight and will continue to circle the airport until either their demands are met, or they run out of fuel. After a couple of double crosses and the realization that McClane's wife is on one of the planes, they realize they fucked with the wrong American. So how can you get better than the original Die Hard? Well, the recipe seems to be more explosions, eye stabbing, gun shots, and snow bike chases.


Now for a fan of all cinema you will see a couple of surprises in the cast. The biggest one for me is Franco Nero who plays the coffin-dragging, gun-toting Italian bad ass Django in his collection of films. Second would be John Amos who was the owner of the McDonald's rip-off in one of Eddie Murphy's only good films, Coming To America (God Bless Arsenio Hall) and the last is the return of Reginald VelJohnson who makes a triumphant return in a really funny 3 minute scene discussing how fucking crazy McClane is.

The acting is grand but what strikes you the most is the action. McClane is a poor son-of-a-bitch. This guy goes through hell and gets nothing in return. That is one of the most lovable parts of the series. Another great thing about this film is that it shows how arrogant security is and could be viewed as a horrific foreshadowing to 9/11. This film even sports the #2 most horrifying plane crash on MaximOnlines article. I am not even going to comment on the director. He made that trash Cliffhanger.


Again, the ethnicity's are pushing a little much when they expect us to believe a Wop to play a Latin-American from a fake country used in the other great action film "COMMANDO". The script for the original Die Hard was actually supposed to be Commando 2. Now that would have been interesting. The accuracies in the film have been dis proven many times such as the location of the company that manufactures Glocks and the fuel tanks on airplanes. Despite this films flaws, it does what it does best. Kick ass and take names. Die Hard 2 is a definite sequel that delivers on all fronts whether it be stabbing someone it the eye with an icicle or having a duel on the wing of a plane.


-Maq

4 comments:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

the explosion at the end where the jumbo jet blows up in mid-air is still one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating moments in the history of cinema. By the way, i thought "cliffhanger" was quite a good film.

William said...

It also has Robert Patrick, from T2, The X-Files, etc.

He's one of the terrorists dressed like a painter, with two other who took out a swat team. Afterwards, McClane came in and took them out!

William said...

It also has Robert Patrick, from T2, The X-Files, etc.

He's one of the terrorists dressed like a painter, with two other who took out a swat team. Afterwards, McClane came in and took them out!

William said...

The scene with the terorrist dressed up like a painter is Robert Patrick!