Die Hard 2

McClane: "The only people that go to this much trouble are professionals, not luggage thieves and not punks."
Barnes: "Professional at what?"
McClane: "What the fuck do you think this is, huh? The safety patrol here? This is the resume of a professional mercenary. You got the world's biggest drug dealer on his way here. Now what, do you need a slide rule to figure this out?"

release year: 1990
genre: action
viewing setting: home Bluray 12/10/17 and 2/8/13 plus several other times in the distant past

synopsis: Despite his best efforts, tough cop John McClane is once again in the wrong place at the wrong time, as he goes up against mercenaries who take over an entire airport.

impressions: This is almost as good as the original, though it's different, since it takes place in and around an airport. But it has the same basic elements: a bunch of bad guys with superior training and a well-designed plan, idiots who don't know how to deal with a situation, rampant violence, and genuinely funny bits thrown in here and there.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A guy getting stabbed in the eye with an icicle.

confirmed body count: 34

activation point: xxx

acting: Bruce Willis returns as the wisecracking cop who's in the wrong place at the right time. William Sadler is the ruthless leader of the mercenaries. Fred Thompson is good as the beleagured airport chief. William Atherton returns as the jerk reporter, and Bonnie Bedelia returns as McClane's wife, who's again in harm's way.

final word: Pretty good sequel to one of the best action movies ever.

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