Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nan Yu
Directed by: Simon West
Written By: Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 43min
Despite the multitude of problems with The Expendables 2 , you really can’t fault a production that achieves everything it set out to do. I am assuming of course they set out to make a tongue in cheek over the top super violent actioner, and considering this film’s huge list of stars, what else could they make?
The dialog is cheesy, and even damn right awful at times. There are even small sections of this film that are badly made, which is surprising when you consider it reportedly cost over 92 million dollars to make. I refer to a recurring problem where the film’s quality degrades to the level of a badly recorded pirate copy. Like they lost the actual film footage somehow, but thankfully one of the crew filmed the sequence using a smart-phone, so they used that instead of re-shooting the scene.
Where The Expendables sequel delivers though, is during the action scenes. They are ridiculously over the top, but well shot and edited. The bad guys couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, while our heroes never miss their target. It reminded me of every episode I saw of the old TV show, The A-Team. Right down to the Jerry-rigged trucks and plane they use to complete their missions. The only major difference between this film and The A-Team though is the gratuitous violence. Bullets hit their targets with explosive force causing an unrealistic amount of blood to fly.
The Expendables 2 provides just over one hundred minutes of escapist entertainment. The cameo appearances from legendary action stars are great fun to watch, and are nicely paced throughout the film. In short, this film is so bad it’s actually quite good!
If you enjoyed the first Expendables movie, you’ll probably be happy with the sequel. This is uber-violent nonsense of the kind you may have seen in films like Commando or Starship Troopers. The plot is the worst kind of contrived nonsense, but if you’re in the mood for action, you can’t go wrong with the Expendables 2.
As I said before, there are sections of this film that are badly put together. A HD rental at home on a nice big TV will be your best bet.
Best Element: << Spoilers >>
I loved all the banter between the characters in The Expendables 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed to understand the true nature of this film better than anyone else, and does the best job delivering his cheesy self-deprecating dialog. When Chuck Norris shows up to help during the climatic battle at the airport, Arnold gets the best line in the film – “Who’s next, Rambo?”