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The Expendables 2 Reviews

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Arnie, Sly and Bruce lead all-star action extravaganza

Yury Glikin, MovieFix
The guns are bigger, the body count is off the scale and the violence gets turned up to 11 as the action heroes of the '80s and '90s return for some serious ass-kicking in The Expendables 2.

After another successful mission, Barney Ross' (Sylvester Stallone) crew of mercenary misfits think they have earned a much-needed break. Unfortunately for them, the malevolent Church (Bruce Willis) has other ideas, and a debt he wants Barney to repay.

When a seemingly simple job goes wrong and the Expendables lose one of their own, they are hell-bent on revenge and ... there's definitely something about stolen plutonium and ... you know what, it really doesn't matter.

Anyone expecting to see an original plotline, insightful dialogue or anything resembling actual acting should probably rethink their choice.

The film is basically a continuous gun fight on steroids, occasionally punctuated by some verbal brilliance from Stallone, such as, "We keep it light until we have to get dark. Then we go pitch black."

Go and spend a few minutes trying to work that one out.

What Expendables 2 does have (and pretty much its only redeeming feature) is bucket loads of fun and irony. The script is firmly tongue-in-cheek and everyone is having a ball.

Barney, Church and Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) have considerably more screen time together this time around, and the one-liners come thick and fast, usually at each other's expense. Seeing the three actors together, scything down bad guys, like they have been doing for the last 25 years, will be rewarding for the generation X audience members, and is especially impressive considering that they have a combined age of about 200.

Not to be outdone, the rest of the team have their moments also, especially Dolph Lundgren (whose face looks like it's been carved from stone) as the laconic Gunnar, and Barney's best friend Lee Christmas (Jason Statham).

Jean Claude Van Damme, who is starting to resemble a walking lizard, is wasted as the villain (seriously, he doesn't even have a name), but the absolute highlight is Chuck Norris reprising his 1978 character, John T Booker, in possibly one of the best cameos ever.

The Expendables 2 may not win any awards and will probably never be used in any university movie courses, but if you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned American action done like only Rambo, John McClain and the Terminator know how – then strap yourself in.

Watch the trailer here

Related story: Who's been cast in The Expendables 3?

Your Reviews

Love it! Great action movie. Love to see a decent action film with actual action. Waited so long to see it, and it did not let down. Bring on number 3 I say
j davis
j davis
the best of the best
I loved it a good action movie with all my favourites, go slone arnnie, dolf, vandamme awesome
marzena piekarska
marzena piekarska
Best of the Best in one film succes Sylvester Stallone Bruce Willlis Arnold Schwarzenegger Chuck Norris Jean ClaudeVanDamme Jason Starham Dolph Lundgren all bad guys in one place.
A Great film all action with action heros of the past and now
Saw this the other day and I thought it was good, then pretty dam good, awesome then brilliant. Turned around to look at all the other people in the cinema and they had big bright smiles on there faces. The movie was highly entertaining and the one liners the they where dishing out to one another on past movies was very funny. The movie did jump a tad, but then they cut all the boring bits and went from action setting to the next mind blowing action setting.I will be seeing this again.
Frances G
Frances G
There was a lot of slicing and dicing and the killing seemed to go on forever. There was a slight story but the actors had a ball and it showed! They showed themselves up a cropper and all in all it was fun!

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