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The Expendables 2
Back for War.
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, 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.
"Ironic. Here we are you and I, and your knife. You're going to die, like him. What was his name? What did you call him? What does it matter?" - Jean Vilain
Round 2. Now how do you go about making a sequel to The Expendables that can live up to the very high standards (a trace of loving sarcasm can be found in this statement) set by the first one? Easy. The blueprint is already there, all you have to do is bring everyone back, amp everything up, give Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis more screen time (unfortunately Jet Li's will have to be reduced but that's understandable), bring in Chuck Norris for a scene-stealing moment and make Jean…
Is there a reverse equivalent of the Oscars? If so, here's my ballot:
Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture (Drama) - Jean-Claude Van Damme
Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy [unintentional]) - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Worst Actor - Terry Crews
Worst Supporting Actor - Terry Crews
Person Who Gave Such A God Damn Awful Performance, It Can't Rightly be Called 'Acting' - Randy Couture
Most Understandable Accent - Jason Statham
Least Likely To Succeed - Terry Crews
Most Likely To Have Had His 4-Year Old Grandson Write The Dialogue - Sylvester Stallone
Winner of the 'What The Fuck Are You Doing In This Movie?' Award - Jet Li
Best Cameo - Chuck Norris
Most Likely To Have Been…
Six pounds of pure plutonium is powerful enough to change the balance of the world. Imagine what five tons will do.
This is probably the film the first Expendables should have been. The plot is kept simple and tight. There's dialogue that is legitimately funny. There's actual characterization done instead of just trying to make everyone look "cool". Lastly the bad CGI gore is toned down and is actually at an acceptable level this time.
Now if they would have stopped there this would have been a perfect action movie. Unfortunately there's still a few incredibly stupid moments in the film, but the ones that got to me the most was the overuse of meta-jokes. To say they're…
In every way this is better than the first film, and I really, really like the first film, so that's saying something. Easily the most fun I have had in a theater all year.
My biggest issue with the first Expendables movie was that with such an incredible cast of action legends past and present, it didn't hold true to the over-the-top, comically violent action cinema it was trying to evoke nostalgia for. The Expendables 2, I'm glad to say, sees Sylvester Stallone finally realise that - and while his sequel don't get me wrong suffers all the same creative issues as the first, it's triple the fun across the board. If you loved the films Stallone, Arnie, Willis, Norris et al... became famous for, there is no way you won't spend most of this with a broad, beaming smile.
Stallone wisely ejects too much of the cod-philosophising he infused the first film with…
I was going to review this film, but I think someone already summed up this film in the best way possible...
"This movie is big, dumb, and retarded just like Sylvester Stallone's forearms but you know what? If I had the chance to jerk off with those forearms, I'd still have fun which I did with this movie."
-Co-Host 3000 on Spill.com
Yeah, that's probably the best way to describe this. Big, dumb, and loads of fun.
Compared to the first movie, Expendables 2 is a much better movie. It's much more self-aware. This time, Sly realized that a movie like this isn't about the emotion and drama. The story got dumbed down, but in the place of the plot, you get more humor and more action.
And the action was awesome. It was over the top, sure, but it was good fun. The jokes were funny, and bruce willis and arnie get a lot more screentime. Definitely worth a watch.
The movie has no selling point.
The cameo of Chuck Norris is just awesome.
At times it is a bit campy and out of place, especially when some actors use their catchphrases from successful movies.
Trench played by Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back." (Terminator)
Mr. Church played by Bruce Willis: "Yippie-ka-yay." (Die Hard)
And obviously there is a Chuck Norris joke but it doesn't seem all that bad.
All in all this is a pretty solid movie.
Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
I guess I'm a glutton for punishment since I didn't like the first one. Honestly, I can't even remember this film and I didn't watch it that long ago.
I don't know that I've ever said this before but I sort of wish these movies had less story. The action sequences are always pretty interesting but the long scenes of semi-pointless dialogue just sort of slows things down to much for this kind of film. Hopefully the third film will remedy this situation.
This 2012 American ensemble action film is directed by Simon West, written by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone and is a sequel to the 2010 action film ‘The Expendables’. Stallone stars in the lead alongside Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Yu Nan, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Barney Ross (Stallone) and his elite team of mercenaries known as ‘The Expendables’, formed of Lee Christmas (Statham), Yin Yang (Li), Gunner Jensen (Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Crews), Toll Road (Couture) and new recruit Billy The Kid (Hemsworth), stage a daring rescue mission of a kidnapped Chinese billionaire in deep Nepal, and also rescue captured rival mercenary Trench Mauser (Schwarzenegger).
A Stallone and testosterone-driven slug fest featuring some of the biggest (albeit not youngest) action stars on the planet. I found the second installment a tad more elegant than the last, especially as far as the setting and visuals are concerned. The whole shebang feels and looks like some sort of French resistance film, as our heroes liberate a rural village of a tyrant that keeps kidnapping the villagers for his own evil purposes. Expect lots of one-liners (some of which are incredibly self-aware, such Chuck Norris making a Chuck Norris joke), lots of stuntmen flying about while Willis, Schwarzenegger and Stallone hold on to rattlin behemoths of machine guns, pumpin out the iron. One thing that kind of bothered…
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