Earlier this month we brought along a brief synopsis for the highly-anticipated action extravaganza THE EXPENDABLES 2. That was kids stuff compared to the new-and-improved summary, which lays out precisely what the new mission is, who the villains are, and which Expendables are back in action.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Stallone, Statham, Rourke, Lundgren, Couture and Crews return as hard-edged but noble mercenaries in the second installment of Sylvester Stallone’s old-school action thriller, The Expendables.
As payback for taking out the corrupt CIA agent Monroe (Eric Roberts) in the first Expendables, cagey Agent Church (Bruce Willis) forces the Expendables to do an “easy mission”: retrieve a missing CIA package from Gazak, a civil war torn country in Easter Europe.
The easy mission turns deadly when the Expendables are ambushed by a team of ruthless rival mercs, the Sangunaires, competing to get the same package. Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and souleof the Expendables, is brutally murdered by Vilain, the leader of the bloodthirsty guns for hire. Still, the Expendables manage to pull of the mission and return with the CIA package, but it’s a hollow victory.
As their thoughts turn from grief to revenge, Tool’s beautiful young daughter Fiona shows up. Cut from the same stone as her dad, she wants to join the Expendables when they hunt down Villain and his men. Barney (Stallone) promises her the Expendables will avenge Tool’s death, but will not risk putting his best friend’s daughter in harm’s way.
Fiona, who is young and wild, embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters for Barney when she is captured and ransomed by Vilain. Now Barney and the expendables must risk everything to save her, kidnapping CIA Agent Church and pulling off a daring heist of the CIA package they were hired to bring back.
When Agent Church reveals why the CIA package is so valuable to Vilain, the stakes go up even higher. Inside the package are canisters of radioactive cesium which Vilain has been tasked with releasing on the people’s uprising that threatens the thirty year rule of Gazak’s vicious dictator, President Dogot.
The Expendables, along with Agent Church, are now faced with an impossible mission: rescue Fiona, foil a dictator’s vicious plot to kill scores of innocent people, and avenge the death of one of their own.
Things I take away from this: I'm not psyched that we're dealing with yet another dictator, but I am glad that there's a villainous mercenary team involved. (Was Arnie originally intended to be the leader of this rival squad? Might that be the role Jean-Claude Van Damme is tackling? Hmm..) I'm very psyched that there will be more of Bruce Willis' shady "Agent Church", and the prospect of a hot young wild thing tagging along for the ride is quite appealing... But where's Jet Li?
THE EXPENDABLES 2 is scheduled to come out next August; hopefully all of the pieces start falling into place soon - like the ever-important question of who is going to direct this sucker?