Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
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Okay, so it's not good but it doesn't take itself seriously, pretty much every old action star is in it and the punchlines and references to other movies are funny. An hour and a half of my life well spent.
This is a decent sequel that feels a lot more solid than the first one with a lot of shameless puns made at each of the actors. These guys are aging gracefully and having fun. It really is an enjoyable ride.
Plain and simple, this film is so aware of its outrageous, self-referential identity that it's almost to a fault and becomes tiring. Essentially, this is how action stars deal with their mid-life crises. There were some great moments though, and they were certainly not on Stallone's behalf - how has his speech gotten so bad?
This is a legit stupid movie classic. It's got Variety Show/Billy Crystal-at-the-oscars-level dialogue, Truly awkward performances, absolutely no sense of continuity or stakes, easily a thousand exploding CG heads, laughter yanked from its stars throats like fish-hooks and at one point Schwarzenegger actually says "This is embarrassing". I could watch this once a day for the rest of my life. Holy shit. Amazing.
Simon West is not what I would call an 'auteur' but his 1997 effort "Con Air" was, at least, a stylishly filmed action movie. What a shame then that his return to big-budget fare with "EXP 2" turned out to be such an ugly, poorly photographed piece of work. The 100-minute runtime is over before you know it as the script coasts on a bunch of self-referential oneliners in place of anything resembling a character arc.
No one will ever mistake this for a good movie. But then again it isn't meant to be. It's a lot of fun watching all these old action stars get together for one big hoorah, and while even their combined acting talent couldn't win an Oscar, their magnetism remains. So over the top and ridiculous that it borders on parody, THE EXPENDABLES 2 delivers exactly what it sets out to, and that's all you can really ask of it.
I'm still not completely convinced by the action and the camerawork is the same old shit where you can barely tell what's going on, but at least this one delivers far more successfully on the dialogue and pathos. Seeing Van Damme and Adkins as the villainous duo was a far more satisfying treat, after Day of Reckoning. I am also pretty cool with more Statham and Crews.