THE EXPENDABLES 2 – REVIEW
THE EXPENDABLES 2 – REVIEW
|Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis|
Its bigger, badder and bloodier then ever, the Expendables burst onto the screen in all their glory, bring a majestic flow of ammunition to the big screen.
|Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews|
The plot in a nutshell sees Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
This really is a throwback to the 80’s and early 90’s action films of the time. Where the story is simple and to the point, characters are paper thin, but totally badass, mixed in with total non-stop action.
The Expendables is by no means a masterpiece, and it doesn’t pretend to be. The film knows exactly what is and it even makes fun of itself as well as, of its aging stars, and their careers.
The film starts off with all out action, showing audiences exactly what they in for, as the film is filled with so much action, the dialogue scenes are just put into the film to give audiences a little break from the intensity of it all.
With so many stars in the film it really is a fun wild ride, with many laughs from poking fun at their illustrious careers. However, we do have one new star in the film in Liam Hemsworth, who brings the emotional center to the film while proving his more than capable of holding his own amongst the legends.
Before the Expendable films, most wouldn’t pin him as a action star let alone a 80’s action star or a present day action star, but Terry Crews really came to the party in this one, bring a lot more laughs to the film. He also managed to prove he has what takes to be taken seriously as an action star. All we can hope now is that Terry takes advantage of this, and goes for more action roles. (LUKE CAGE please!)
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his way back on to the big screen and he is a bit rusty from bring away so long, but it’s quite evident that he was having a lot of fun in the film.
CHUCK NORRIS is the MAN!! He has an extended cameo role in the film, but Norris’s appearance is probably one of the most FUNNIEST and AWESOMEST scenes ever on the big screen! He is a total scene-stealer, poking fun at his legendary status while seriously kicking-ass and showing no signs of rust for a man that is in his 70’s.
In terms of the best performances in the film, it has to go to Jean-Claude Van Damme, which is kind of ironic. Seeing that in the 80’s he probably was the worst actor out of this bunch, but now JCVD really proves he has what it takes to possibly make it back onto the big screen in other big budget films and not just Expendables.
He plays the villain in the film, named Vilian, so menacingly, maniacal yet cool. He certainly was the star of the film, making Vilian a real memorable character in this film where a villain could easily be drowned out.
All in all I cant remember when last I was in a cinema where everyone in the film was just having fun, getting excited for each scene, and just enjoying themselves.
The Expendables 2 is not smart, its not exactly well written, but it doesn’t exactly try to be, it pokes more fun at itself then it does the genre. So much so that it almost feels like it’s an excellent spoof of these action stars, yet it’s to good to be a spoof. All in all its fun and you will love this film!
So go watch it!