Jean-Claude Van Damme
The Expendables 2 starts with the mercenary team in Nepal, rescuing Trench (Schwarzenegger) and taking names. Their next stop is Albania, where the group is tasked to track and collect a computer holding the location to five tons of plutonium. It, of course, falls into the hands of the aptly-named Jean Vilain (Van Damme), and, well, that’s about all you need to know as far as plot.
What’s important is that there is an incredibly high body count. (Chuck Norris fact: the 72-year-old racks up the most kills.) Replacing Stallone in the director’s chair is Simon West, best known for Con-Air and The Mechanic. West, like Stallone did two years earlier, delivers and proves himself to be a strong, capable action director. The Expendables 2 is, no surprise, brimming with just what the trailer promised: manic action, sky-high explosions, semi-automatic toys, and an almost lethal amount of testosterone. (As a bonus for ‘80s action fans, the movie throws in many cheesy one-liners and verbal nods to “I’ll Be Back” and “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf*cker.”)
The Expendables 2 is just what guys want in an action movie and has enough bang-pow-boom to hold them over until The Expendables 3, already in production. But men, take caution: you might want to leave the girls at home—by the end, they just might have grown some hair on their chest.
Gods of War: Assembling Earth’s Mightiest Anti-Heroes (21:19) focuses on the epic cast, with clips and interviews with many of the key stars.
Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980s and the Rise of the Action Film (24:59): This featurette pays tribute to ‘80s action flicks and some of the more popular entries, including First Blood, 48 Hours and The Terminator.
On the Assault: The Real-Life Weaponry of The Expendables 2 (13:36): Randy Couture serves as guide to the guns used in the movie.
Guns for Hire: The Real Expendables (24:19) puts actual mercenaries and their job under the spotlight.
Deleted Scenes (4:39): There are five here, which provide a bit more action.
Gag Reel (5:09) offers a small collection of flubbed lines and prop mishaps.