Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1990. Twentieth Century Fox, Gordon Company, Silver Pictures. Screenplay by Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson, based on the novel 58 Minutes by Walter Wager. Cinematography by Oliver Wood. Produced by Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by John Vallone. Costume Design by Marilyn Vance. Film Editing by Stuart Baird, Robert A. Ferretti.
Endlessly fun sequel to John McTiernan’s genre-breaking action film, with Bruce Willis once again playing the wisecracking super cop who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time it’s Dulles airport in Washington, where his wife’s plane is overhead trying to land (fuel tank is running low too) but can’t because of terrorists holding the airport hostage. Cops are useless, the army is corrupt, so what do we need but John McClane! Renny Harlin’s direction stiffs the audience on the great character depth that was so unique in the original, but the colourful situations our hero finds himself in compensate and allow you to enjoy a fine, disgustingly violent film. Bonnie Bedelia is back as well, as is sleazy reporter William Atherton and (in a small part) Reginald VelJohnson as McClane’s cop buddy Powell. Also look for Robert Patrick in a bit role, one whole year before he’d become Arnold Schwarzenegger’s worst nightmare in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.