Quick Verdict – Die Hard in the Airport (like you haven’t heard that before)
‘I don’t believe it. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?’ You’re telling me. John McClane is back in Die Hard 2: Die Harder, and this time he’s got shoes and a shirt. This time the chaos is in Dulles Airport, Washington D.C.
Death from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey has hijacked the Airport to help their drug lord buddy General Esperanza escape from custody. All the planes stuck in the air can’t land and John McClane’s wife is on one of them. So what’s McClane going to do about it? Well he’s going to save the day.
The scale is so much bigger than the previous, not hard as the previous film was confined to a building. The stakes are higher and the body count is bigger. So, is bigger better? Not necessarily. Sure it’s a great film, but it was never going to be an improvement. McClane however is what we want, and what we get.
They did what they had to do, they went different to the original. I was still very young when I watched this for the first time, and like the original I can put it on whenever and still enjoy it. It’s Die Hard at the Airport and then some. Yippee-ki-yay motherfucker.
My favourite line is, by a mile ‘What sets off the metal detectors first? The lead in your ass, or the shit in your brains.’ Does that even make sense?
Watch this if you like –
- Die Hard 1, 3 & 4 (not 5)
- The Long Kiss Goodnight