The Expendables 2: Movie Review
Posted on Aug 23rd, 2012 in Film Reviews
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Review: There’s no emotion in business, they say. Especially when it’s The Expendables we are talking about. Macho men are back with all the awesome action they jointly offer with guns loaded… arms, ammunition and fully equipped androgynous automobiles. What more does a true action aficionado really need? Just go with the flow. The dialogues and direction are par excellence. They will make the closet action-film fan step out and enjoy the film in all it’s muscle flexing, adrenaline pumped glory. With new additions to the star cast, the team of old-school mercenaries embark on yet another mission that Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) has assigned to them. The Expendables have a no-strings-attached affair till one of their cronies is mercilessly killed, giving them more than one reason to fight for.
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) leads the team of fearless mercenaries. In the hearts of his fans, Sylvester is still the Rocky Balboa with impeccable screen presence even after so many years. The invincible group is set opposite the formidable foe Jean-Claude Van Damme, the stakes automatically rise for the action-film fan. This isn’t any other pay-check movie. This one comes with a story for it to fall back upon. While Jet Li didn’t have too much to do here, Chuck Norris’ role in the film was quite awaited. Nan Yu plays an important part in the film but I believe that expressions are as important as the whole ‘I am fearless woman’ jig. Take a cue from the Angelina Jolie starrer, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that was directed by Simon West. Speaking of which, the guy doesn’t cease to amaze. Most of the films made by him are masterpieces of the action film genre. From Con Air to this film, there’s a touch of expertise in ‘em all.
Most of the members of the starcast are antique. They are aging, yet awesome. The film is rather breezy and enjoyable. A definite one-time watch, made better than the first part, this one despite its gory side, gives you a good feeling at the end. Nothing seemed intentional, the film does everything it is supposed to in the right measure. The film celebrates the coming together of all the independent action heroes yet again to make a spectacular film, soon to become a franchise since part 3 of the film has been announced and none other than Nicholas Cage will be joining the huge array of star cast. I think it is safe to draw the analogy: Superhero films are to The Avengers as Action films are to The Expendables.
Verdict: Interesting and enjoyable, go watch this one.
Director: Simon West
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
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