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.