I just watched the third Die Hard movie last evening and was going to review it, but just realised that I never actually reviewed Die Hard 2. You can read my review of the original here. I seem to be in a bit of a minority here, but I actually preferred this second movie over the original. I’m not entirely sure, and these things are a bit subjective, but I just found the pacing of the second film to be stronger.
Somewhere in the middle of the first film, it seemed to drag a bit. But this film seemed more relentless. Directed by Renny Harlin, this film very cleverly builds from the first hints that something might be going wrong at Dulles Airport in Washington DC (or is it in Virginia and near DC? . . . I forget) to full-blown chaos involving hijackings, terrorists and who knows what.
Also, driving the story, which I like, is the idea that John McClane, trying finally to spend some quality-time with his long-suffering wife, is interrupted yet again by the massive emergency which takes place at the airport.
Anyway, this is a movie to be experienced and not really analysed, so I don’t have to say too much more. 3 1/2 out of 5.