Die Hard 2

If your idea of a good time is watching a lot of stupid, unpleasant people insult and brutalize one another, this is right up your alley. Bruce Willis is back as detective John McClane, an off-duty cop who once again turns into a civilian Rambo and single-handedly defeats a slew of terrorists. (This time they’re causing planes to crash at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., and making unwitty wisecracks before they shoot people.) This protofascist, violent, and gory nonsense was directed by the talented Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), but I wonder if even D.W. Griffith could have transcended a script as insulting, as mean-spirited, and as dehumanizing as the one concocted by Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson. Bonnie Bedelia is again playing McClane’s wife, this time stuck in a plane that can’t land; others include William Atherton, Reginald Veljohnson, and Franco Nero. (JR)

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