Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation’s capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military commandos led by a murderous rogue officer (William Sadler) plot to rescue a drug lord from justice and are prepared for every contingency except one: McClane’s smart-mouthed heroics.
Director: Renny Harlin
STC Genre: Dude with a Problem (law enforcement)
Bruce is in trouble – again! And the trouble keeps growing with every sequel. It was a building in the first, now it’s an airport. John McClane’s famous words: “why does it keep happening to me?” I bet cast and crew had a blast on set with those remarks.
In my opinion, this is one of the rare exceptions when a sequel is better than the original. They really nailed the emotional pull and kept the suspense and believability going to the end. Even the total airport control from a shack and cigarette lighter against Boeing 747 doesn’t seem to be out of place. Yeah, Bruce, show’em!