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The Expendables 2
Mr. Church 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.
|Studio :||Nu Image Films, Millennium Films,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Bruce Willis Jason Statham Arnold Schwarzenegger 李连杰 Jean-Claude Van Damme|
|Genre :||Adventure Action Thriller|
Very well executed
Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.
Ok... Let's be honest. It cannot be the best movie but is quite enjoyable. The movie has the potential to develop a great plot for future movies
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
The expendables are back and its war baby so Stallone has given up the directors chair but still done the screenplay he is better for it with the all the 80's actors are back with more story to them as well as the newbies. Liam hemsworth id brilliant as the sniper from the army the team signs up for a mission that looks like an easy paycheck , but things go wrong for Barney and his band of old school mercenaries when one of their gets killed by a psychotic terrorist for hire van dame character . there is more one liners from Arnie wills and co taking the the pi#s out of their own famous catchphrases like Arnie says to wilis I'll be back willis say you have been back all ready so as they hunt in Austria they cut a swathe of destruction with all weapons at their hands going through enemy territory in a made up american city for the enemy to play in and barney meets up with the village people to find the men in an under ground and shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time loads of battles explosions and try to prevent a weapons grade plutonium from getting into the wrong hands this 1hr38mins I gave it 7 out of ten not bad at all this is my 247 review.
In this second installment of The Expendables series, Stallone and company include a few former action heroes to create quite an ensemble cast. As he has done in the past, Stallone's sequels set out to top the original and he has succeeded here as well. What makes this film and it's predecessor enjoyable and somewhat unique is the fact that Stallone's character (Barney Ross) is a member of a team as opposed to a one-man wrecking crew like Rambo and Cobra. The plot here is very similar to the first film but the action and flow seem to be increased. Jean Claude Van Damm turns in a very convincing performance as a villainous arms dealer. The humor here is also escalated further than the first film. If you're fan of action movies with war as the backdrop, you will probably enjoy this film very much. It's simply entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less !
Well, the meaning of "The Expendables" franchise is like a sort of a wet dream from the Generation X, which during the peak of the action movies in the fabulous 80's decade, were devoted fans in the line to the theater or to the near videostore to watch / rent the latest effort from this bunch of guys. 80's action films symbolized the freedom of speech in an Era who wasn't politically correct to the use of violence on-screen, an Era of true action heroes with attitude always delivering sarcastic & witty on-liners when facing the danger. After the global success of the first movie, Stallone this time just a co-writer, called Simon West ("Con Air", "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") to the director's seat to concentrate only in leading this all-star cast and perhaps, minimizing and controlling the major egos involved. "The Expendables 2" truly delivers over-the-top action non-stop, well- staged fight scenes with less shaky cam (an improvement over the original), flashy editing, a frenetic pace and cool props. The plot is basic & cliché, but at least, it's self-indulgent and goes forward straight to the business. The bad thing is, even more than the first, this movie lacks heart and soul. It's too much focused on the action sequences: shootings and killings all around (like an out of control video game), things blow up and are destroyed to the ground every 5 minutes and the actors involved act more like mere walking caricatures than fleshed-out characters. In a matter of fact, this sequel looks like it was all directed by the 2nd Unit and the majority of the exteriors, shot somewhere in Eastern Europe, and the extensive use of CGI to emulate the gunshots, the blood and the explosions, gave a sense of cheap with unpolished visuals to the whole, almost entering in the DTV territory. Most of the on-liners and references to the popular culture of the 80's action movies, immortalized by this guys in their peak, simply doesn't worked here, it was forced and intrusive, like if they tried too much to be self-aware and cool, turning it in almost a spoof movie. Some of the delivering is even awkward and the jokes' cringeworthy.Despite this, Sly once again did a good job as the Team's Leader, Barney Ross with Jason Statham as the second-in-command, Lee Christmas, who was even more annoying and full of himself than in the first film; Randy Couture as Toll Road, with a limited number of spoken lines to accommodate his acting 'skills'; Terry Crews as Hale Caeser, which at least was funnier than the rest; Jet Li as Yin Yang, only in an extended cameo at the beginning and we must thank his scheduling conflicts for that and the last, but not the least, 'Swedish Strangler' Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen, who almost stole the first movie and maybe because of that (he must have irritated the attention seeker, Jason Statham), he was given less to do this time around. Charisma Carpenter reprises her role as Christmas' girlfriend in a tiny part that if you blink, you'll miss her on-screen and Nan Yu is OK as Maggie, in a good casting decision on opting for her instead of the terrible Gina Carano.It's nice to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis doing more than a talkative cameo and this time shooting up bad guys, but their hearts aren't there. Arnold besides being lame with his tongue 'n' cheek remarks at least he tried, Bruce was just there for the quick paycheck, in a "send me a couple of millions and i'll sleepwalk through the movie" mode.Chuck Norris, who fares better than Arnold and Bruce, came out of retirement to play John Booker nicknamed "Lone Wolf", a homage to his characters in "Good Guys Wear Black" ('78) & "Lone Wolf McQuade" ('83), but even with his entrance song, the production messed around, "Ecstasy of Gold" by Maestro Ennio Morricone is an iconic orchestration for Clint Eastwood's The Man With No Name, not for Chuck Norris and the King Cobra joke was taken directly from the 'Chuck Norris' Facts' on internet, so nothing new or imaginative here. Liam Hemsworth, a fill-in character for Mickey Rourke who refused to comeback for this sequel, is nicely presented, but the minute he talks that he wants to leave the team, is a token for "i will be dead very soon". The casting of Hemsworth had a double function: to call "The Hunger Games" fanboys to the theaters and to give "The Expendables 2" a feel of "The Avengers Assemble" co-starred by Liam's older brother, Chris as Thor.The baddies played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was very good as the sneerie and arrogant Jean Villain, and Scott Adkins, who shamefully he isn't even in the main cover art, if were given more screen time, both would probably steal the movie from The Expendables themselves. The end fighting sequence between Villain and Stallone's Barney Ross is one of the movie's highlights, reminiscent from Van Damme's character in "Black Eagle" ('88) where he also played the main baddie.In short, "The Expendables 2" is a good way to spend a hour and a half, like a trip to memory lane, watching this guys in action and reminding us about the hundreds of hours we spend watching and re-watching their action flicks in the videostore days, but as a movie it's just a so-so experience, that wants to please the Gen X, but in fact was technically and visually aimed at the Generation Y.It got an extra point just because of the ensemble cast, but it deserves less...
If you thought the first Expendables was awesome, then wait till you see this! The Expendables 2 has more guns, more bullets, and action and of course Real Manly Men doing what Real Manly Men do best, blow stuff up and shoot guns! Which is exactly what this is, There's barley even a story lol. This film was awesome! I give The Expendables 2 a 8/10