2010's The Expendables was a grand celebration of corny action movies with plenty of big names and big action. Upon watching it more I saw it did have flaws such as quick cuts of shaky cam and being filmed a little too close among some other issues. The Expendables 2 clears out most of those issues but brings a few more with it.
In the original, we got the basics and thats been built upon here too. Stallone's Barney Ross runs a team of super duper soldiers that take on tough tasks around the world for big cash and the same holds true here only now they've added some new blood in an army sniper named Billy The Kid. Mr Church (Bruce Willis) however has Barney and his men under his thumb to pull off another task, a simple one to retrieve some cargo from a downed plane in Albania. The mission doesn't go as planned and the team is forced to give up the cargo to the evil that is Jean Claude Van Damme (I kid but Van Damme rocks his intro scene). JCVD's Vilain (no really, that's his name-kinda like Villian) is after the cargo which will allow him to locate a hoarde of buried Russian plutonium so he can sell it for billions to terrorists so that they can make nukes. Course like plenty of other films from James Bond and onward, lets not even think about how much money will be worth in a ruined economy after the bombs drop, but who cares.
The Expendables 2 thankfully gives us a lot of what did make the first film great. The bonding scenes between the team members are shown more, we get to see MORE of some of the crew members (thankfully we get a lot more of Dolph too) the action scenes are bigger and fuller. The final setpiece which takes place at an airport isn't quite like the attack on the palace in the first film but getting Norris, Arnie and Willis into the mix certainly helps this.
I have no problems witth the movie save for one, and thats Billy The Kid, the teams newest and youngest member. We see him in the opening action scene, talk to Ross at a bar and go on the next mission and even bond with a tag along in Chan, one of Church's operatives. We see this guy long enough and get to know him just enough that when he ends up getting killed, we should feel bad except I didn't feel that bad since it was so clear to me that he was going down, and I felt like I was being advertised to. "You gotta like this down to earth, young guy!" Only I didn't care all that much and it's really bad pathos.
Another thing was that Yin Yang, Jet Li's character is shown in the opening action scene and afterword disapears. Rumor is that him and JCVD didn't get along and they cut him out. Jet Li fans will be let down that they're hero is gone for most of the film. It's too bad since I would have liked to see him and Gunnar (Dolph) get on each others nerves more.
If you liked the first Expendables movie, this movie offers more of the same mania that it's fans will love. If you DIDN'T like the first one then consider this one since the story, characters and action are very much in tune with the 80's roots that the first one did. The story this time is better, the characters a little more fleshed out and as Arnold will say about 3 times in the movie, I'm BACK.
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