Die Hard: With a Vengeance ★★★★

The best Die Hard sequel and one I especially
love because of how well it uses New York as a location. The city is this giant sandbox for Simon to distract McClane all while he pulls a heist under the destruction. This just such a thrilling and relentlessly paced movie though, which is all thanks to McTiernan’s return. At his peak, he directed action like no one else. Masterful staging and a real control on movement while also employing some expert cross cutting. Filling it all with these little rewarding details too, like McClane recognizing the badge number in the elevator, leading to a bloody shoot out. I also love just how ridiculous the squibs are here, exploding all over the place, especially in that previously mentioned scene. The ending still sucks tho.

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