From what we gather, director Simon West didn’t waste any time in making the sequel to “The Expendables” as explosive as it can get. So explosive that debris was flying all around and zigzagging across the screen from the first five minutes in.
Testosterone-charged enough to make you want to flex your muscles, “The Expendables 2” kicks off with Barney Ross (played by Sylvester Stallone) and his team (handpicked from all the biggest action films in the past) landing an assignment that they have to complete – to retrieve a gadget from a high-tech will-detonate-at-wrong-combination electronic safe.
Oh, we also have to mention that the team wasn’t given a choice to opt out of the operation because Mr. Church (played by Bruce Willis) agreed to cut a “We’re even!” deal Barney for the money (a whopping USD 5 million) Barney owes him if the team completes the assignment. The team also has to “babysit” Church’s Chinese operative, and ensure that no harm comes to the techie.
Ah, but here’s the catch – she’s a woman named Maggie (played by Yu Nan).
The gadget contains information to substance that could change the world (read: rage wars and make every living being disintegrate). Of course, The Expendables won’t know that at first. Until they lose Billy (played by Liam Hemsworth) when they come face to face with the sadistic Vilain (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme).
Tough! But it has to be done. Even if the men in “The Expendables 2” look like they way past their prime. But hey, don’t judge a book by its cover, right? Who’s to say who’s too old for action?
Then, cue insane amounts of gunfire, explosives, rundown-looking trucks, dirt, grime, grease, brawn, hand-on-hand combat, and some comic relief. Chuck Norris wasn’t there for nothing. And Arnold Schwarzernegger’s memorable dialogue?
Classic! That’s all we can say.
As usual, no spoilers for those of you who plan to watch it but as with all action film story lines, this one’s predictable. Luckily, the sequel skimmed right past being perceived as a “B-grade movie”. It must’ve been the stellar action flick men cast that saved it!
Word of advice to the “chick flick” lovers, we’re not sure how you can relate to “The Expendables 2”. Maybe a little eye candy e.g. Jason Stratham, Liam Hemsworth will help?
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