Director Renny Harlin can be a terrible hack but he’s in his element when he’s not bothering about characters, just blowing stuff up. This is the one with the airport, and it’s just astonishing.
It’s Christmas Eve (again!), and while waiting for his wife’s plane to fly in to a snowbound Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, New York detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) becomes involved in a deadly and dangerous mission to outwit the renegade Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) and his team of ruthless special forces terrorists who have taken over the busy airport in a bid to rescue drugs baron, General Ramon Esperanza (Franco Nero).
McClane wonders aloud how this could happen to him again, but dons the white vest anyway for this second hugely entertaining slice of action hokum.
Reginald VelJohnson and William Atherton reprise their roles from the original film, and there are also welcome appearances from 1960s star Franco Nero and Dennis Franz from NYPD Blue.
General Ramon Esperanza
Fred Dalton Thompson
Mark Boone Junior