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The Expendables 2
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12.18.2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Simon West

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jean-Claude Van Damme

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The mercenary team returns to get revenge for a fallen comrade and find the location of five tons of plutonium.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
With 2010’s The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone assembled a dream team of muscle and badassery: himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke, with minor touches of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two years later, Rourke dropped and he added Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, and more screen time for Willis and the former Governator. And not a one of them is too old for this game.

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.

THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary with Simon West: The inclusion of Stallone would have been a strong addition, but West still gives a decent, informative track that touches on various aspects of the sequel.

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.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fans of the first Expendables won’t be disappointed in this sequel, which notably adds Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and more screen time for both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. It’s action-packed, with endless explosions, thousands of fired rounds and an incredibly high body count. It’s exactly what the action fan wants. Special features devote time to the all-star cast, ‘80s action flicks and more.
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1:41AM on 12/22/2012
First one bored me to tears, this one had some good action and funny scenes, but I didn't care for it overall.
First one bored me to tears, this one had some good action and funny scenes, but I didn't care for it overall.
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4:37PM on 12/25/2012
First of all this movie is not an oscar winner, its not an awesome movie, the story line is horrible, the lines are bad (expect for a few that reference 80's movies)...That said...the awesome part was the cool action actors in the movie and a few good action scenes.
First of all this movie is not an oscar winner, its not an awesome movie, the story line is horrible, the lines are bad (expect for a few that reference 80's movies)...That said...the awesome part was the cool action actors in the movie and a few good action scenes.
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