When I first saw the trailer for the first Expendables movie; I thought I had died and gone to action movie heaven. The Expendables featured an ensemble cast made up of the most well known past and present action movie stars. For me it was the coolest thing ever.
When I eventually saw the movie (I bought the DVD with birthday money) I was alittle disappointed. The movie wasn’t very actiony and overall didn’t feel as great as the trailers made it out to be. It was slow paced and took the Rambo (2008) route and tried to be about something, by telling a story of a small town being oppressed by an evil tyrant. (Which isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong.)
Despite this when I saw the trailer for the second one I again found myself in action movie heaven.
After rescuing a Chinese business man from kidnappers, The Expendables are again given a mission from the mysterious Mr. Church. This time its simple, he wants them to retrieve an item from a downed plane in Albania. This simple mission is turned sour though as another group of mercenaries are after the same package. After a brief confrontation one of the team is killed and the rival mercenaries leave with the package.
Now the Expendables are on a mission to avenge their fallen brother. And stop the rival mercenaries known as the Sangs.
The Expendables 2 was everything I wanted from the first movie. The first 15 minutes of the movie is Gunfire, Explosions and death, in other words AWESOME!!!! When you think of testosterone fueled action this movie fits that description perfectly. It is filled with great one liners that you will find yourself quoting days after you watch the movie. The movie also contains many references to films most of these actors have been in, “I’m Back”, “Yippie Ki Yay”, “Who’s Next? Rambo?” and a Chuck Norris joke are just a few of the lines you have to look forward to in this movie.
This time around the Story is much bigger, like a typical action movie is simple and easy to follow. Also this time I liked the fact that most of the other actors got more lines and scenes than they did in the last movie. If you watched the first Expendables it seemed centered mainly on Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham’s characters. Acting wise….this is an action movie; you are not watching it for the acting, but you know what to expect. I will say though I didn’t like Bruce Willis’s portrayal of his character very much. I liked him much better in the first teaser trailer released. Oh and before I forget….CHUCK NORRIS!!!!!!!!
Overall I had a lot of fun watching this movie, it was a blast. I loved everything about it, Action movie fans don’t miss this one.
2010’s ensemble action film ‘The Expendables” was an ode to the time when action movies ruled the multiplexes and when adrenaline-pumping stunts and explosions took precedence over plot and substance. Directed by Sylvester Stallone, the film did have some rough spots but proved to be a escapist fun. It also brought together the past and present array of action stars that satisfied action junkies. Well, this time, with Simon West at the helm as director and script written by Stallone … more
The action film has a curious history. Granted, studios didn’t begin pumping them out in the ‘80’s, but, to a large part, they experienced a significant retooling in that bygone era. Mostly, this renaissance was fueled by the big budget star – think Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger – coming aboard a particular action vehicle and asking for the part to be customized to what his … more
Star Rating: Watching The Expendables 2, I was repeatedly reminded of the Julie Brown single “I Like ‘em Big and Stupid,” a 1980s synthpop novelty song about the inexplicable attraction to muscle-bound men with low IQs. A sample of the opening verse: “When I need something to help me unwind / I find a six-foot baby with a one-track mind. / Smart guys are nowhere, they make demands / Give me a moron with talented hands.” Rare for … more
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 … more
Sylvester Stallone and the rest of his badass squad from the first Expendables movie return to track a arms dealer across Europe and stop him from selling plutonium to terrorists, and in the process get payback for the death of a fallen ally. Less shaky cam and an upped body count make for another action blast.
Of the 6 movies on my list The Expendables 2 is one of the ones I'm Most excited for. When I watched the first trailer, although it was only about 50 seconds long; it was enough to get me screaming like a Little girl at a Justin Beiber Concert. From that first trailer it looked like the movie was going to be on a more serious tone than it predecessor. I guess you could say the lighting and the low toned music gave me that impression. I was hoping the story would open up a … more