The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Release Date: August 17, 2012

Director: Simon West

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture

Runtime: 103 min

Tagline: Back for war.

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy pay check, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

The Expendables 2 improves on its original, mainly because Stallone’s sloppy direction is trashed (and replaced with a slightly better director) and the film doesn’t try to have a brain.

Sure, there’s a story established: the baddies mean to steal from a plutonium mine (led by Jean-Claude Van Damme) to produce a bomb. That’s how the thick as the plot is. However, the real problem with this film’s predecessor is [that] it tried too hard to have a good story and it just came across as tedious. This completely disregards any attempt at giving us a good story, and the film makers focus merely on the explosions and the humour.

This offers an extremely fun experience, nothing more; nothing less. For anyone looking for an experience that never has a dull moment, this is the film to watch. It doesn’t have anything to offer to the action genre except for non-stop explosions and artillery and a great ensemble cast. The actors are having a great time, and it truly translates well to the silver screen.

Like the predecessor, this does rely on the actors to make it fun – but not quite as much. They are assisted by the good pop culture jokes. There doesn’t seem to be any true characters or development at all. The names are established, but the actors might as well be playing even more bad ass versions of themselves. Either that or characters they’ve portrayed earlier in their careers. This film is just a bunch of old guys having fun and kicking ass.

In a nutshell: The only things this film offers is the humour, the ensemble cast and the great action. This just needs a bit more Jet Li and a little less of an over-the-top  antagonist.

70/100

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9 thoughts on “The Expendables 2 (2012)

  1. Weird enough, I didn’t like this as much as the 1st. I thought the 1st had a lot of story elements working for it. The turn of Lundgren from friend to enemy. The simplicity of Stallone wanting to help the girl free her Island, NOT out of any romantic inclination. Even the gimmick of all the actors crammed into a movie, they all had a role to play within the story. They refrained from using Willis and Rourke in the action scenes to avoid overdoing it.

    The sequel I felt (like you say) did away with all that. As fun as it was, I was disappointed, because I expected gratuitous violence and ‘in-jokes’ for the 1st movie. That fact that it was more, gave me high hopes for the sequel. Also, I felt there was more gun-play here than physical violence, especially the last fight scene. Disappointing.

    • I honestly forget how Lundgren turned BACK to friend…

      Ahh, I see where you’re coming from!

      The finale is admittedly disappointing, quite lackluster. When I watch a film like this with all these big action stars, I like not to think. So this is satisfying to me.

      Are you going to give the third a chance when it comes out?

      • I don’t either, I thought he died in the 1st one?

        To answer your question about the 3rd one, I’ll repeat what I told people when the 1st was coming out.

        “I don’t care if the story is about all these action legends going to get ice cream. Even if it’s 2.5 hours of them sitting around a Baskin Robbins discussing the philosophy behind Rocky Road… I’m still down!”
        That still applies to the 3rd. :p

      • He really might have.. I cannot call at all, haha. HAHAH, that’s funny. I’m down as well. The story would be better than this: two crews fighting over the last scoop of chocolate ice cream.

  2. Good review Daniel. The first one had its moments, but this one has plenty more of that and with plenty more iconic faces that I have missed seeing for so long. Hopefully this means that they’ll be back to stay for good. Hopefully, though.

    • Thank you! Much more memorable than the first, if you ask me. It’s funny, Norris is the oldest of the bunch but he looks the youngest out of Schwarzenegger and Stallone… Hopefully! Here’s to hoping for more awesome faces in the third one.

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