Time: 124 mins.
SYNOPSIS: John McClane is forced to battle mercenaries who sieze control of an airport's communications and threaten to cause plane crashes if their demands are not met.
BOTTOM LINE: As a major fan of DIE HARD, I can't begin to tell you how excited I was for the sequel and how terribly disappointed I was when it was over. And not in a good way. If there was any action hero from the 80s that deserved a return to the big screen it was New York cop John McClane as played by Mr. Willis. I didn't hold out any real hope for the first one since it starred a smarmy TV actor, but Willis truly pulled it off, giving us one of the best action movies ever made. I know my expectations were probably too high, but there's no reason why sequels can't be good. Director Renny Harlin is not known for his subtlety and his over-the-top style just creates a monster here.
What made the original work so well was it's touch of believability. Willis had the element of surprise and a small group of terrorists to fight. This time, he's battling a mercenary army and somehow he manages to stay alive when all he has are his wits and a handgun, which apparently is magical because it never seems to run out of bullets. The story goes from merely ridiculous to completely absurd in mere minutes with him being the only person who understands what's really going on. Of course, his wife is in danger once again, which is supposed to add heart and tension to this already overwrought thriller, but merely overloads it. There is a pretty decent twist near the end, but it's not good enough to save this action victim.