The Expendables 2
What ever happened to the gritty, but fun action film? Many action movies from the eighties and nineties like Die Hard, Rambo, and Commando represent a more classical action film that may be mindless run and gun combat, but at least be entertaining. That genre has changed along with taste. Often we either have grounded in reality films like The Bourne series or something more fantasy/science fiction based like the recent blunder Battleship. Much of what we’ve seen have become cliques, but those older movies were the ones that created them. They were the ones that had “one bullet destroys a car” scenarios and one-liners like “I like you; That’s why I’m going to kill you last”.
In 2010, The Expendables proved that not only did many of the older stars still pack a powerful punch, but the traditional style of the action genre was alive and well. This became a summer blockbuster favorite of mine. It was no award winner, but it was very entertaining. The Expendables 2 takes what made the first one good, and brings it into octane mode. This movie seems to be more self aware of how ridiculous it is and has more fun with it. The stakes are higher, but the muscle is stronger then ever.
Many of the heroes from the first film (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, etc…) are back as that likable team of mercenaries. Each member has their own specialty whether it be Stallone’s leadership to Statham’s Knife skills to Crews’ artillery expertise. They remind me of military veterans who have many stories to tell, yet their never done filling their book with the craziest of missions. Joining them are Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just seeing these guys all together sends me the extra testosterone of excitement necessary.
The boys are back in town as their next mission takes them to Albania as they are set to track a set of blueprints from a computer. Things go wrong when their youngest member (played by Liam Hemsworth) is killed by an enemy mercenary, Jean Vilian (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme). Though the group is out for revenge, they are also set to help a group of kidnapped miners that are forced to dig for plutonium by them adversaries. Without a doubt, the group goes in all force with every player (even Schwarzenegger) taking a gun and showing no mercy.
The Expendables 2 is better then the first one. The action never feels overblown. The jokes never fail. The one-liners are all spot on. This is something that most kids and teenagers are going to see and absolutely love. If I was a thirteen year old boy, This would have been my perfect Saturday night entertainment. This movie will set the bar on masculinity representation in film. For a film that always has a grenade ready, you know that excitement is ready to explode in your faces. This is something that will become a regular in my pile of “dumb, but fun” action movies.
I’ll give this four and a half chomped cigars out of five. BOOM! AWESOME! BADASS! The three words that describe this entertaining piece of dynamite.