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The Expendables 2
Lionsgate
Directed By: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris
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The Short: The Expendables 2 is fun movie that has some tongue-in-cheek humor to go along with generous amounts of kickassery. If youíre looking to find something serious, then itís probably best to avoid this. But if youíre looking for action, buckle up with and watch.

Itís not altogether an unexpected sequel, but it still probably took some doing for all of the pieces to come together for The Expendables 2. Sylvester Stalloneís ultimate ode to action is back with its familiar faces, some new ones too, and a new director in the chair as well. Itís a more satisfying experience this time around, and itís fun action movie that doesnít take itself too seriously. If you were obsessed with anything involving Schwarzenegger, Willis, Stallone, Lundgren, or Van Damme in the 80ís and 90ís then this is right up your ally. If youíre not a fan of action movies, really why are you reading this?

In the Expendables 2, Barney Ross and his gang of rag-tag mercenaries start out on a simple mission to rescue a hostage, only they manage to Rossí rival merc chief Trench (Schwarzenegger) and the hostage too. Anyway, once theyíve rescued the hostage and arrive safely home, Ross gets confronted by CIA-op Church (Willis) into setting out on a mission to repay a debt. So, Ross and his gang of mercs set off on a mission to uncover some nuclear weapon locations out of a crashed airplane safe. They then get sabotaged by the movieís bad guy- the evil Vilain (yup, thatís his nameÖ heís played by Jean Claude Van DammeÖ and heís just awful.) So now with tons of nuclear explosives getting ready to be unleashed on the world, itís up to Barney and the rest of the guys to stop Vilain from selling them to the highest bidders.

Okay, so thereís not much of a plot to The Expendables 2, but there doesnít really need to be. Everything just sets up the next scene of kick-ass gun fights, explosions, and even hand-on-hand combat. You can really count seconds off between action scenes and the combination of that and an established camaraderie between all of the stars on screen... Both of those traits are what make this movie special. In addition to that, Stallone isnít directing this movie either. Donít get me wrong, he did a fine job with the first one, but Simon West does a superior job. He captures the action perfectly and he tends to let the explosions and the effects speak for themselves instead of going for over-the-top camera angles and artistic shots.

As far as whatís bad with The Expendables 2Ö that begins and ends with Jean Claude Van Dammeís character. Heís brutal here as Vilain and every minute heís on screen is awful. Even in the gag reel, we see Van Damme messing up his lines time after time, but not laughing in response to itÖ just being as wooden as he possibly can be. There will have to be a new bad guy for The Expendables 3, thank goodness for that.

The special features on this release are decent. Thereís the aforementioned gag reel, an audio commentary, a deleted scene, a piece on the casting of the film, and thereís also a documentary on action movies in the 70ís and 80ís. Itís not a bad featurette, it just kind of comes off as ridiculous, when you see people talk about action movies like a scientist talking about a dinosaur on a Discovery Channel show.

The Expendables 2 is fun movie that has some tongue-in-cheek humor to go along with generous amounts of kickassery. If youíre looking to find something serious, then itís probably best to avoid this. But if youíre looking for action, buckle up with and watch.

 
 


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