The Expendables 2 (2012) Movie Review
Released : August 17th, 2012
Reviewed : August 19th, 2012
Genre : Action
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.
This is the definition of action movie. Just enough of a plot to make it through and just insane amounts of violence. This is what a action movie should be like.
One of the main things that makes this film so good is the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is a straight up action movie and it is actually really funny. There are a great list of one liners from everyone and even cracks at roles that the actors have played in other movies. The jokes though are done as to where they aren’t cheesy though and they are played at well actually fitting into the scenes.
The actors all return for the most part. New additions Van Damme is the best of the newcomers though I felt like he was under utilized. You see him from time to time and cut ins but other than the beginning and the end he isn’t around. His end fight scene also is too short and unsatisfying . Lundren is a comic relief for this film unlike the last one where he turned villain for the most part. He is a funny guy and plays his role well. Jet Li on the other hand appears for maybe 15 minutes then is gone the rest of the film. As expected not only does Bruce Willis have a longer role but the fact that Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger are not only in it but have decent screen time makes this film even greater.
Now this is a rated R action film and not the original PG-13 one they tried making. It is almost the same way the Rambo reboot was where a bullet will just tear people apart and knives chop off parts like butter. From start to finish though it is all action. Not too many scenes where someone isn’t dying or about to die. The opening scene just sets the role for the film and it doesn’t let go.
It’s more than likely some of the most mindless fun you’ll have all year and it isn’t a film to be missed.