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UNpopular Opinion: Die Hard 2

04.19.2011

Written by:Alex Keen

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

I’m going to get this sentence out of the way immediately: my favorite DIE HARD film is DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER. This has nothing to do with the other films in this series being substandard (okay, maybe LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD is shitty). This has everything to do with the DIE HARD 2 kicking ass.


The character of John McClane was born in the original DIE HARD, it was in DIE HARD 2 that he proved to be more than a one trick pony.

The crux of why I love DIE HARD 2 is pretty simple, the events of the original DIE HARD are somewhat plausible. However, the fact that something similar happens to McClane again in DIE HARD 2 (and to an even more exaggerated degree) is just outright impossible. It is the impossible and the implausible that I revel in. The lunacy of this happening in real life is on the same level as having to battle a horde of the undead with a shotgun, a Chevy, and some primitive screwheads as your back-up. It just wouldn’t ever happen.

Here are just a few examples of the awesome shit that happens in DIE HARD 2. First off, McClane starts the action off by taking part in a shoot-out in the luggage sorting area. Not only that, but he just randomly kills a dude in there. He barely gets in trouble for it and continues to run around the airport with a gun! While this is a commonplace trope for action movies, DIE HARD is supposed to be somewhat close to reality.

Next up is the revelation that American Special Forces are behind the central crime about to be committed. Not only that, but their goal is to rescue a crazy South American general?! Not only that, but he’s calling the shots for this crew. First off, how the hell did this happen and how did these military dudes go so corrupt.


Did I mention that William Sadler plays a ninja who warms up in the nude?

Finally, one of my favorite pieces of silliness is the snowmobile fight. Now on the surface a snow mobile fight in a movie doesn’t seem too bizarre right? However, for those of us that live near Washington, D.C. around Christmas time, there are a couple of things screwed up here. First, the average snowfall in D.C. in December is less than 4 inches. Second, the highest average monthly snowfall is just 7.5 inches. From my rudimentary research, this amount of snow is not really enough to a) justify using a snow mobile or b) justify even owning a snow mobile. What did someone think this was Alaska?

Did I mention that William Sadler plays a ninja who warms up in the nude? You can’t tell me that when Bruce Willis saw the rough cut of this movie that he didn’t laugh his ass off. I know I sure do each and every time I watch this.

All the same, it’s the goofy ridiculousness of stuff like this that make me really enjoy watching DIE HARD 2. I recognize that someone probably took these decisions seriously; but, apparently no one had the balls to think things through.

What makes the ridiculousness more palatable was the legendary personality of John McClane. In the midst of all this silliness, Bruce Willis brings to life a character that has resonated for over 20 years and will continue to do so for another 50 years to come. He gets to blast the brains out of some bad guys, fist fight with a ninja, and talk shit like the coolest cop on the force. While the character of John McClane was born in the original DIE HARD, it was in DIE HARD 2 that he proved to be more than a one trick pony.

Finally, the last thing I really love about DIE HARD 2 is the final scene. After McClane lights airborne jet fuel to blow up an airplanes (hells yeah!), he limps over to a recently landed airplane to find his wife, Holly. At the top of his lungs, McClane shouts “Holly!” This bit gets me every time. I just sit on my couch rocking back and forth, tissues in hand, weeping like a complete sissy. McClane has saved the day again and found the love of his life, what couldn’t be better?

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7:38AM on 04/26/2011
I liked Die Hard 2. I just didn't like the bad guys as much as in the first one. Alan Rickman is the best villain in the series!
I liked Die Hard 2. I just didn't like the bad guys as much as in the first one. Alan Rickman is the best villain in the series!
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9:15AM on 04/25/2011
die hard series is kick-ass! this used to be my favourite, but the original has taken over that honor a while back. NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN HO-HO-HO!!! fourth is ok, but as people say below, too over the top. it kinda lost me by the time surfing the jetfighter and the truck at the end. also, like people mention in the strikebacks here: the reason the first two hold up i think is because they take place in one location and mcclane just happens to be there and he's got some personal gain in
die hard series is kick-ass! this used to be my favourite, but the original has taken over that honor a while back. NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN HO-HO-HO!!! fourth is ok, but as people say below, too over the top. it kinda lost me by the time surfing the jetfighter and the truck at the end. also, like people mention in the strikebacks here: the reason the first two hold up i think is because they take place in one location and mcclane just happens to be there and he's got some personal gain in helping out, to save his wife. i think that's what they should go back to if they do a fifth film.
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9:12AM on 04/20/2011

Underrated

Die Hard 2 was doomed initially because it came immediately after the original , which was a genre defining action film. This is a solid action film which I think more people have come to appreciate over time
Die Hard 2 was doomed initially because it came immediately after the original , which was a genre defining action film. This is a solid action film which I think more people have come to appreciate over time
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2:47AM on 04/20/2011

I love it too but...

tt's still my third favorite. Not for any reason in particular other than this one doesn't have a Gruber.

I'd watch anything with Willis as McClane, and this retains a lot of the fun from the first one, and it takes place in an airport, which is always a kick for me. Dennis Franz is a sweet bonus.
tt's still my third favorite. Not for any reason in particular other than this one doesn't have a Gruber.

I'd watch anything with Willis as McClane, and this retains a lot of the fun from the first one, and it takes place in an airport, which is always a kick for me. Dennis Franz is a sweet bonus.
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2:28AM on 04/20/2011
who doesn't warm in the nude. Shit I do it everyday.
who doesn't warm in the nude. Shit I do it everyday.
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11:37PM on 04/19/2011

Die Hard 4

Its better than people rag on it for. Willis did bring his A-game. He's muttering to himself as he impulsively rams the car into the helicopter, he's outwitting the bad guys on the radio, and he laughs that John McClane laugh as he drops the SUV on Maggie Q. Classic Die Hard moments.

Like 'With A Vengeance' the first half is great, the second half is too over the top to be taken seriously.
Its better than people rag on it for. Willis did bring his A-game. He's muttering to himself as he impulsively rams the car into the helicopter, he's outwitting the bad guys on the radio, and he laughs that John McClane laugh as he drops the SUV on Maggie Q. Classic Die Hard moments.

Like 'With A Vengeance' the first half is great, the second half is too over the top to be taken seriously.
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11:18PM on 04/19/2011

Is this an unpopular opinion?

I don't know a single person that doesn't like this movie (minus the few on here that don't), so I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion, but it's well argued, reasoned, and written, so yay!
I don't know a single person that doesn't like this movie (minus the few on here that don't), so I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion, but it's well argued, reasoned, and written, so yay!
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10:56PM on 04/19/2011
For somebody who just saw the die hard films for the first time a few weeks ago, I have to say 2 was my favorite. I don't know if it'll stay like that after multiple viewings, but it was a great action film.
For somebody who just saw the die hard films for the first time a few weeks ago, I have to say 2 was my favorite. I don't know if it'll stay like that after multiple viewings, but it was a great action film.
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7:50PM on 04/19/2011
Die Hard 2 was and is fun ride of action popcorn movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
Die Hard 2 was and is fun ride of action popcorn movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
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6:19PM on 04/19/2011
Nothing to be ashamed of dude, this movie is awesome. Probably everything one could ask for when it comes to a sequel to Die Hard.
Nothing to be ashamed of dude, this movie is awesome. Probably everything one could ask for when it comes to a sequel to Die Hard.
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6:05PM on 04/19/2011
die harder was awesome i never forget ice stick in the eye...classic john maclane!
die harder was awesome i never forget ice stick in the eye...classic john maclane!
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3:33PM on 04/19/2011

Finally...

Someone recognizes the greatness of "Die Harder"! The action is bigger and louder, you´ve got no only 1 but a couple of great villains (Franco Nero, William Sadler) and the whole thing looked like a actionpacked fairy tale with the snowy setting!
Die Hard 3 was a bore IMO. the story was all over the place, the claustrophobic feel of the last 2 movies was gone, now that there was more one just one location and the showdown was lame!
Someone recognizes the greatness of "Die Harder"! The action is bigger and louder, you´ve got no only 1 but a couple of great villains (Franco Nero, William Sadler) and the whole thing looked like a actionpacked fairy tale with the snowy setting!
Die Hard 3 was a bore IMO. the story was all over the place, the claustrophobic feel of the last 2 movies was gone, now that there was more one just one location and the showdown was lame!
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3:18PM on 04/19/2011
I have liked every Die Hard film. They are all good action films. Even Live Free was a good action film. You want to talk about impossible set pieces. That's the film that should have been done for this column. It gets a lot of flack, despite solid performances all around and fantastic action set pieces. Who cares if it lacks hardcore violence or swearing. It's still ridiculously entertaining.
I have liked every Die Hard film. They are all good action films. Even Live Free was a good action film. You want to talk about impossible set pieces. That's the film that should have been done for this column. It gets a lot of flack, despite solid performances all around and fantastic action set pieces. Who cares if it lacks hardcore violence or swearing. It's still ridiculously entertaining.
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2:33PM on 04/19/2011
This is a boring action movie with a bland uncharismatic villain.

Oh, and it's directed by hack Renny Harlin.

What's to like?
This is a boring action movie with a bland uncharismatic villain.

Oh, and it's directed by hack Renny Harlin.

What's to like?
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1:06PM on 04/19/2011

I wish more people watched the unrated Die Hard 4

So many people bang on about it's PG-13 rating, when there's a swearing filled version right next to it on the shelf.

McClane gets about 3 f-bombs out in his first scene in that version, it's great.
So many people bang on about it's PG-13 rating, when there's a swearing filled version right next to it on the shelf.

McClane gets about 3 f-bombs out in his first scene in that version, it's great.
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1:13PM on 04/19/2011
So because of swear words it's better? Do you realize how ridiculous it is to say that a film is better because of swear words?
So because of swear words it's better? Do you realize how ridiculous it is to say that a film is better because of swear words?
1:38PM on 04/19/2011
2 things:

1) I wasn't complaining about the swearing, I was complaining about the people who were writing it off due to the lack of swearing when that option IS ACTUALLY AVAILABLE for them

2) I would agree with you in any other sense, except this is Die Hard. John McClane is about as sweary as it gets when he's in trouble, that's his character, that's who he is. To take all of that away from him changes McClane into a stock Bruce Willis cop character.

I mean there were posters for this
2 things:

1) I wasn't complaining about the swearing, I was complaining about the people who were writing it off due to the lack of swearing when that option IS ACTUALLY AVAILABLE for them

2) I would agree with you in any other sense, except this is Die Hard. John McClane is about as sweary as it gets when he's in trouble, that's his character, that's who he is. To take all of that away from him changes McClane into a stock Bruce Willis cop character.

I mean there were posters for this film that said nothing but the words "Yippi Ki Yay Moth..." on them (link below), so they know what the fanbase is looking for.

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1:51PM on 04/19/2011
Firstly, the unrated cut's not available on Blu-Ray. Secondly, it's got crappy CGI blood - give me the brutal prosthetic throat slashing in part 2 any day over pixel plasma.
Firstly, the unrated cut's not available on Blu-Ray. Secondly, it's got crappy CGI blood - give me the brutal prosthetic throat slashing in part 2 any day over pixel plasma.
2:16PM on 04/19/2011
it's not just because of the swear words, but the PG-13 stigma + UNFORGIVABLY TERRIBLE (lack of a) blu-ray release weighs heavily on just about everybody's subconscious. If you remove that from your mind, we really couldn't have asked for a better Die Hard 4.
it's not just because of the swear words, but the PG-13 stigma + UNFORGIVABLY TERRIBLE (lack of a) blu-ray release weighs heavily on just about everybody's subconscious. If you remove that from your mind, we really couldn't have asked for a better Die Hard 4.
2:50PM on 04/19/2011
Admittedly I'm annoyed that there is no Unrated Blu Ray, and will continue to hold out on buying them until there is.

but saying that, there's no version of Die Hard with a Vengeance in the UK that isn't edited in places, so it isn't the only in the series on this side of the pond to hold such a title.
Admittedly I'm annoyed that there is no Unrated Blu Ray, and will continue to hold out on buying them until there is.

but saying that, there's no version of Die Hard with a Vengeance in the UK that isn't edited in places, so it isn't the only in the series on this side of the pond to hold such a title.
3:01PM on 04/19/2011
Live Free just comes off like a neutered dog. There's no edge to it, just kinda goes through the motions, Willis tried and even the script might have worked in the hands of a better director. I was done when Kevin Smith showed up.
Live Free just comes off like a neutered dog. There's no edge to it, just kinda goes through the motions, Willis tried and even the script might have worked in the hands of a better director. I was done when Kevin Smith showed up.
11:14PM on 04/19/2011
I don't get the hate spread all against the 4th film either. It was fun, moved at a decent pace, and had some cool action stunts. Plus, almost anything is better than the third.
I don't get the hate spread all against the 4th film either. It was fun, moved at a decent pace, and had some cool action stunts. Plus, almost anything is better than the third.
12:59PM on 04/19/2011

if 4 didnt have the stupid PG-13 handicap

nobody would even humor the idea that 2 is not the worst die hard by ten miles.
nobody would even humor the idea that 2 is not the worst die hard by ten miles.
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12:42PM on 04/19/2011

This article does not seem sincere in any respect

But I love Die Hard 2 and I think Live Free.... is bullshit with a bullshit villian (props to Raylan Givens though).
But I love Die Hard 2 and I think Live Free.... is bullshit with a bullshit villian (props to Raylan Givens though).
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12:34PM on 04/19/2011

Yippee ki yay, Mr. Falcon!

I've gone back and forth on which one I like better. For a while it was DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, but then it switched to DIE HARD. They both kick ass though.
I've gone back and forth on which one I like better. For a while it was DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, but then it switched to DIE HARD. They both kick ass though.
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12:20PM on 04/19/2011

picking one...

Picking my favorite Die Hard (from the first three) is impossible. It's like trying to pick your favorite kid. All 3 are so awesome in thier own ways. Die Hard 2 is totally fucking awesome and I have no qualms with you liking it the best.
Picking my favorite Die Hard (from the first three) is impossible. It's like trying to pick your favorite kid. All 3 are so awesome in thier own ways. Die Hard 2 is totally fucking awesome and I have no qualms with you liking it the best.
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12:20PM on 04/19/2011

Sweet

Do people not like Die Hard 2?? I mean it's not my favorite but it's awesome! Plus it takes place at an airport. That's awesome!
Do people not like Die Hard 2?? I mean it's not my favorite but it's awesome! Plus it takes place at an airport. That's awesome!
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12:10PM on 04/19/2011
Finally! An Unpopular Opinion article I agree with! Haha! Die Hard 2 isn't my favorite of the series, but I f'n love it! I love the over the top action, the over the top plot. Its great! Nice job on the article :)
Finally! An Unpopular Opinion article I agree with! Haha! Die Hard 2 isn't my favorite of the series, but I f'n love it! I love the over the top action, the over the top plot. Its great! Nice job on the article :)
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12:04PM on 04/19/2011
Die Hard 2 is a real Die Hard film. Not like that limp-dick Live Free of Die Hard bullshit. All I know is, after that PG-13 assfuck came out and made money, all hell broke lose and everything was pussyfied to get kids into theaters. Fuck. I've said fuck more than twice because this goddamn post is goddamn rated R.
Die Hard 2 is a real Die Hard film. Not like that limp-dick Live Free of Die Hard bullshit. All I know is, after that PG-13 assfuck came out and made money, all hell broke lose and everything was pussyfied to get kids into theaters. Fuck. I've said fuck more than twice because this goddamn post is goddamn rated R.
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12:54PM on 04/19/2011
Watch the unrated version of Die Hard 4 if it upsets you. It's far better and he doesn't stop swearing throughout the entire film.
Watch the unrated version of Die Hard 4 if it upsets you. It's far better and he doesn't stop swearing throughout the entire film.
11:11PM on 04/19/2011
"Live Free Or Die Hard" is still better than the third one.
"Live Free Or Die Hard" is still better than the third one.
11:49AM on 04/19/2011

100% in agreement...

I've been saying this since I was a little kid. This movie far exceeds the first and third movies. Not mentioning the fourth.
I've been saying this since I was a little kid. This movie far exceeds the first and third movies. Not mentioning the fourth.
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11:46AM on 04/19/2011

Die Hard 2 = Night the Reindeer Died

Die Hard is high in the running for my all time favorite movie.

I love Die Hard 2, but it is indeed a bad movie. Plot holes you could fly a jet through, McClane's one-liners descend to self-parody (where's the front door?) wooden acting from all supporting cast, Holly McClane and Al Powell given fuck all to do.

I watch DH2 when I'm wrapping gifts at Christmas time. Something about Dennis Franz' endless utterances of 'fuck' gives me holiday cheer.
Die Hard is high in the running for my all time favorite movie.

I love Die Hard 2, but it is indeed a bad movie. Plot holes you could fly a jet through, McClane's one-liners descend to self-parody (where's the front door?) wooden acting from all supporting cast, Holly McClane and Al Powell given fuck all to do.

I watch DH2 when I'm wrapping gifts at Christmas time. Something about Dennis Franz' endless utterances of 'fuck' gives me holiday cheer.
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11:44AM on 04/19/2011
I've always liked DH2. To me it's not quite as good as the original (which is a gold standard of modern action movies) but I think it's definitely better than the two later sequels. And I think Dennis Franz is hilarious in the movie.
I've always liked DH2. To me it's not quite as good as the original (which is a gold standard of modern action movies) but I think it's definitely better than the two later sequels. And I think Dennis Franz is hilarious in the movie.
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11:43AM on 04/19/2011
Don't forget the brief Robert Patrick part!
Don't forget the brief Robert Patrick part!
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11:42AM on 04/19/2011
It's probably Renny Harlin's best film next to Mindhunters, no, wait, Cutthroat Island, no wait, Deep Blue Sea, no, wait, it's probably his only decent film. DH2 was weak, obviously, next to the original, but lacked something that DH3 had. Maybe it simply was having McTeirnan back in the director's chair. Still, I'd take Die Hard 2 over 4. 4 was OK, it just didn't have any balls.
It's probably Renny Harlin's best film next to Mindhunters, no, wait, Cutthroat Island, no wait, Deep Blue Sea, no, wait, it's probably his only decent film. DH2 was weak, obviously, next to the original, but lacked something that DH3 had. Maybe it simply was having McTeirnan back in the director's chair. Still, I'd take Die Hard 2 over 4. 4 was OK, it just didn't have any balls.
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3:47PM on 04/19/2011
Come on, give the dude some credit: "Predator 2" was pretty good, so was "the long kiss goodnight"!
Come on, give the dude some credit: "Predator 2" was pretty good, so was "the long kiss goodnight"!
3:59PM on 04/19/2011
justjoe: Renny Harlin didn't direct "Predator 2"!
justjoe: Renny Harlin didn't direct "Predator 2"!
6:28AM on 04/20/2011
Oh, ok my bad. But "Cliffhanger" by him was pretty nice too!
Oh, ok my bad. But "Cliffhanger" by him was pretty nice too!
11:31AM on 04/19/2011

I concur

You bring up some valid arguments about why sometimes the over the top nature of a Renny Harlin film can add to its classic status. Die Hard 2 does what all good sequels do, technically. Expand a little bit on the original. Make the hero a little flashier, the stakes slightly higher, but basically keep everything the same. Case in point: Beverly Hills Cop 2.
You bring up some valid arguments about why sometimes the over the top nature of a Renny Harlin film can add to its classic status. Die Hard 2 does what all good sequels do, technically. Expand a little bit on the original. Make the hero a little flashier, the stakes slightly higher, but basically keep everything the same. Case in point: Beverly Hills Cop 2.
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11:20AM on 04/19/2011
This review actually made me start to like DH2 more.
This review actually made me start to like DH2 more.
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11:15AM on 04/19/2011
I like all the die hards but i'll tell you something

The original Die Hard is the best action movie ever FACT!!!!
I like all the die hards but i'll tell you something

The original Die Hard is the best action movie ever FACT!!!!
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10:14AM on 04/19/2011
I am of the opinion that both 1 & 2 are equally badass.
I am of the opinion that both 1 & 2 are equally badass.
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10:08AM on 04/19/2011
die hard 2 is good for what it is but NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS DIE HARD 1!

do you really need to know the backstory of why and how these soldiers became corrupt??? it's a knowingly cheesy action flick! that fact doesn't need to be speculated upon! they're bad guys doing bad shit who are there to be killed by our hero mcclane. moving on!

live free or die hard was GREAT! but then again i had zero expectations for it and i saw it bored on an airplane so yeah it was pretty damn good.

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die hard 2 is good for what it is but NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS DIE HARD 1!

do you really need to know the backstory of why and how these soldiers became corrupt??? it's a knowingly cheesy action flick! that fact doesn't need to be speculated upon! they're bad guys doing bad shit who are there to be killed by our hero mcclane. moving on!

live free or die hard was GREAT! but then again i had zero expectations for it and i saw it bored on an airplane so yeah it was pretty damn good.

and that unpopular opnion header pic is weirdly fascinating to me. every idiot kid in that pic is wearing flip flops to school! are they all scorning that poor girl because she isn't wearing flip flops? are her flip flops not cool enough? weird.
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10:43AM on 04/19/2011
It's because she watches Glee
It's because she watches Glee
10:08AM on 04/19/2011
There was a time when Die Hard 2 was my favorite. But then rewatched the first one and it's not only my favorite Die Hard movie, but it's my favorite action flick period. Still, I LOVE this movie tremendously. It's truly awesome!
There was a time when Die Hard 2 was my favorite. But then rewatched the first one and it's not only my favorite Die Hard movie, but it's my favorite action flick period. Still, I LOVE this movie tremendously. It's truly awesome!
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10:01AM on 04/19/2011
There is no DH 4, only a mildly entertaining random Bruce Willis action flick. DH 3 holds up until they jump off the exploding boat at the end. DH 2 is the stupid, cheesy (but still enjoyable) 80's version of DH 1. DH 1 is a true classic. But I agree that Ford Fairlane rocked. =)

My only issue with this post is I'm not sure how listing all the bad parts of something creates a cogent defense for it.
There is no DH 4, only a mildly entertaining random Bruce Willis action flick. DH 3 holds up until they jump off the exploding boat at the end. DH 2 is the stupid, cheesy (but still enjoyable) 80's version of DH 1. DH 1 is a true classic. But I agree that Ford Fairlane rocked. =)

My only issue with this post is I'm not sure how listing all the bad parts of something creates a cogent defense for it.
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9:58AM on 04/19/2011
I always found that movie to be a crossroads style movie. Showing past, present, and future. Some of the actors went onto future glory like robert patrick while others were to slowly fade away from existance. It was a not bad movie but neither was it great. In the end its better to see it as just another movie in a series.
I always found that movie to be a crossroads style movie. Showing past, present, and future. Some of the actors went onto future glory like robert patrick while others were to slowly fade away from existance. It was a not bad movie but neither was it great. In the end its better to see it as just another movie in a series.
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9:53AM on 04/19/2011
Are you kidding me? Die Hard 2 Die Harder was the worst of the series. It lacked a good story, and the sub plot with McClane and his wife was recycled. The only thing I liked about it was the fact that they continued to plot against McClane's weakness, a fear of flying. That is like Indiana Jones and the snakes. Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance were better films. Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons are villains with gravitas, suitable adversaries for John McClane.
Are you kidding me? Die Hard 2 Die Harder was the worst of the series. It lacked a good story, and the sub plot with McClane and his wife was recycled. The only thing I liked about it was the fact that they continued to plot against McClane's weakness, a fear of flying. That is like Indiana Jones and the snakes. Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance were better films. Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons are villains with gravitas, suitable adversaries for John McClane.
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11:05PM on 04/19/2011
Irons made for a great villain, but he was left with an absolutely god awful script and Smauel L. Jackson's worst performance.
Irons made for a great villain, but he was left with an absolutely god awful script and Smauel L. Jackson's worst performance.
9:47AM on 04/19/2011
Die Hard 2 is a good movie. A good example of a good movie made for its time.

It's a good movie with all of its cheesiness, but it still remains my third favorite of the four.
Die Hard 2 is a good movie. A good example of a good movie made for its time.

It's a good movie with all of its cheesiness, but it still remains my third favorite of the four.
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9:45AM on 04/19/2011
Harlin was the King of B action movies, when he had the budgets to do his over the top action pieces. And I always loved his films for that : so dumb, but SO MUCH FUN !YES, I even like Cutthroat Island !
And has far as DIE HARD movies goes, I've always loves the fireball explosions of DH2, far more than the "dustball" explosions of DH3... DH3 not such a good movie, now THAT would be unpopular opinion, right ?!
Harlin was the King of B action movies, when he had the budgets to do his over the top action pieces. And I always loved his films for that : so dumb, but SO MUCH FUN !YES, I even like Cutthroat Island !
And has far as DIE HARD movies goes, I've always loves the fireball explosions of DH2, far more than the "dustball" explosions of DH3... DH3 not such a good movie, now THAT would be unpopular opinion, right ?!
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9:33AM on 04/19/2011

Die Hard 2 was the worst

Seriously. A pile of horse crap.
Seriously. A pile of horse crap.
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11:07PM on 04/19/2011
11:08PM on 04/19/2011
No way! The third is the crapfest in this series!
No way! The third is the crapfest in this series!
9:26AM on 04/19/2011
"but, apparently no one had the balls to think things through."

That's what's generally wrong with Harlin's movies. They are enjoyable but if he just once sat down and thought them thru..we'd have something really good. Nevertheless, I'd like to see Harlin tackling more into the B-genre. To my liking, Ford Fairlane is one of the best examples of the genre.
"but, apparently no one had the balls to think things through."

That's what's generally wrong with Harlin's movies. They are enjoyable but if he just once sat down and thought them thru..we'd have something really good. Nevertheless, I'd like to see Harlin tackling more into the B-genre. To my liking, Ford Fairlane is one of the best examples of the genre.
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9:25AM on 04/19/2011

Interesting

I don't think I've seen Die Hard 2 all the way through, but I do loves me some Die Hard With A Vengance
I don't think I've seen Die Hard 2 all the way through, but I do loves me some Die Hard With A Vengance
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9:13AM on 04/19/2011

I'm still waiting

on the part where loving Die Hard 2 is considered unpopular...

Maybe Die Hard 4, I can possibly see why loving that MIGHT be considered unpopular (though other than the jet scene, the uncut version of that movie kicks ass). But loving Die Hard 2 is standard isn't it?
on the part where loving Die Hard 2 is considered unpopular...

Maybe Die Hard 4, I can possibly see why loving that MIGHT be considered unpopular (though other than the jet scene, the uncut version of that movie kicks ass). But loving Die Hard 2 is standard isn't it?
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8:57AM on 04/19/2011

Die Hard 4.0

Live Free of Die Hard OR Die Hard 4.0 was not a bad movie. In fact it was a great movie! Best action movie of the last few years!
Live Free of Die Hard OR Die Hard 4.0 was not a bad movie. In fact it was a great movie! Best action movie of the last few years!
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8:52AM on 04/19/2011

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD was not that bad !
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD was not that bad !
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8:36AM on 04/19/2011

Not unpopular for me...

I love the first three movies almost equally. I wish the 4th would not exist though...
I love the first three movies almost equally. I wish the 4th would not exist though...
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