In 1990 a sequel to one of the greatest action films ever created was released. Like all sequels, this one had its redundancies, but several moments were new and unforgettable. Like the first film, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is thrust into an impossible situation that he is unable to avoid. John is stuck in a Washington D.C. airport waiting for his wife to arrive when he finds trouble. He chases a couple villains into the luggage area and while trying to catch them one is killed. The local airport police aren’t very appreciative of the mess he made and Cpt. Carmine Lorenzo (Dennis Franz) dismisses his claim that something larger than a simple baggage thief is going on. When the runway lights and communications are taken down by Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) John’s thoughts become reality. All planes overhead are forced to circle until Stuart gives back control of the airport. Meanwhile John is on a mission to save as many lives as he can, including the life of Holly McClane (Bonnie Bedelia), his wife.
This film has everything that a good action film should have; explosions, plot twists, excessive violence, and of course language that could make a sailor cringe. Just when you think you have this movie figured, something else comes into the mix that totally changes the movie. The thing that I really love about this series of films is that our hero, Bruce Willis, seems to be able to take advantage of any situation thrown at him. For example, he fights or defends himself in literally every location one would think to be associated with an airport. Several other action sequences make this film an action flick that should be viewed by all. Most sequels fall short of the original but this one seems to be bigger, badder, and louder than the first. While this film didn’t win any Academy Awards it did what it set out to do, entertain the fans. I give this one a solid 8/10 and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see a great action film. Unfortunately the language is rather crude at times, so I wouldn’t recommend it for kids.