Monday, May 07, 2012

Movies: Die Hard 2 - Die Harder

Netflix's instant streaming service usually lacks the latest blockbusters, but it's perfect for seeing cheesy old movies that aren't on TV any more, like "Die Hard 2 - Die Harder":

It's John McClane, and he's facing off against terrorists on Christmas Eve. Again. This time the battleground is Dulles International Airport, but the same old stick applies: crawling through ventilation shafts, blowing %$@! up, facing off with LEO bureaucracy. Despite being overlong and ridiculous, "Die Hard 2" is entertaining, for the most part.

Don't come in expecting witty dialogue. Every gun owner knows about the "Glock 7" quote, of course, but the most grating lines in "Die Hard 2" are those acknowledging the previous film:
John McClane: Oh man, I can't f---ing believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same s--- happen to the same guy twice?
Grant: You're the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.
John McClane: Story of my life.

John McClane: Oh, we are just up to our ass in terrorists again, John?

At some point, all the callbacks to John McClane's previous adventure feel like cinematic trolling. I mean, it's safe to say the only reason you're watching the movie is because it's a sequel to "Die Hard" starring Bruce Willis - do they really need to keep reminding you?

Rating: 6/10


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