God I am having one of those days where I just need a loud, senseless movie to just escape into and wouldn’t you know it, here we go. A movie that brought together so much manliness, explosions, blood, and a cobbling of all the action movies in existence, The Expendables 2 was enjoyable in the way that I enjoy Commando or Demolition Man or that one movie where Van Damme plays twins who fight some sort of drug lord cause that was the thing you did in the early 90s. This wasn’t a great movie by means, but satiated that need to see wonderfully over-the-top violence and action scenes.
I will admit, I was a little displeased as to how both of The Expendable movies turned out. The story was crap, didn’t care much about the characters and too many callbacks and in-jokes between the characters that harkened to their previous roles. Then again, I am watching an action movie that is supposed to be a throwback to the uber violent 80s and 90s action movie which is where most, if not all the stars found their fame in. The movie is just fun to watch in the brainless sense, so take it at face value with this movie. It is fun to see all these action stars in one place, just wiping out armies that could probably occupy a medium size country and the winks to the audience can be a bit charming if not serve to remind you that you are watching a ridiculous movie.
I can’t hate on it too much, since I did give it a middle of the road score. I knew what I was getting into and frankly that is all I can ask for with this movie. Loud explosions, lots of grunting, plenty of action and nothing else.
Below is a snippet from my original review and a link to the whole thing. Enjoy!
The story of The Expendables 2 see’s….you know what, fuck it. Who honestly gives a shit about the story for this movie? I am sure that Stallone sat down and pulled out his signature designed, limited edition Montegrappa Pen entitled “Chaos” and churned out a story by cobbling together all the plot and story points from past films. A little Rambo here, a sprinkle of Commando there, some Hard Target right in this area and then a climatic orgy of bullets and explosions. He sent that script to the studio’s, they pass out from sensory overload and Stallone took the script, loaded a shotgun full of his Montegrappa Pens and shot that script to shit. Seriously, I can’t stop talking about this pen cause it’s pretty much the greatest thing in the world that he had to show it off in the movie itself. I mean, fucking look at it!
Full review here!