The Expendables 2: Review

Posted 10/12/2012


The Expendables 2

Photo Credit: Lionsgate

When a movie’s cast boasts almost all of the greatest action heroes of all time, you expect extreme levels of bad-ass. And ‘The Expendables 2’ delivers from the first moment to the last. The opening shoot-em-up sequence could easily be the climactic finale of a less awesome movie. Peppered with deadpan one-liners and littered with dead bodies, this is the rare sequel that’s not just bigger but better than the original.

Reprising his role from 2010’s first ‘Expendables,’ Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross, the leader of a rough-and-tumble band of mercenaries that includes fellow re-uppers Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Toll Road (Randy Couture). But a mission goes wrong and one of the Expendables is, well, expended. So the crew seeks revenge against the evil Vilain (Jean Claude van Damme), who’s scheming to steal and sell tons of weapons-grade plutonium. (Yes, the villain’s name is Vilain. That’s how awesome this movie is.)

‘The Expendables 2’ introduces us to new posse members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan—yes, a female Expendable), plus the beyond badass Booker (Chuck Norris…who else?!). And Sly’s onetime onscreen rivals Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, who had cameos in the first movie, expand their roles. It’s hilarious to watch as the trio of aging he-men poke fun at their own age—while continuing to kick ass.

Both the action and the humour of ‘The Expendables 2’ are totally worthy of what you’d hope from this larger-than-life ensemble. The movie is unapologetically silly, and the intentionally cheesy lines will leave you laughing out loud amid all the carnage. We can’t wait to find out who Sly and company will bring on board for ‘Expendables 3’ ….

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