The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Release Date: August 17, 2012

Director: Simon West

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture

Runtime: 103 min

Tagline: Back for war.

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy pay check, 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.

The Expendables 2 improves on its original, mainly because Stallone’s sloppy direction is trashed (and replaced with a slightly better director) and the film doesn’t try to have a brain.

Sure, there’s a story established: the baddies mean to steal from a plutonium mine (led by Jean-Claude Van Damme) to produce a bomb. That’s how the thick as the plot is. However, the real problem with this film’s predecessor is [that] it tried too hard to have a good story and it just came across as tedious. This completely disregards any attempt at giving us a good story, and the film makers focus merely on the explosions and the humour.

This offers an extremely fun experience, nothing more; nothing less. For anyone looking for an experience that never has a dull moment, this is the film to watch. It doesn’t have anything to offer to the action genre except for non-stop explosions and artillery and a great ensemble cast. The actors are having a great time, and it truly translates well to the silver screen.

Like the predecessor, this does rely on the actors to make it fun – but not quite as much. They are assisted by the good pop culture jokes. There doesn’t seem to be any true characters or development at all. The names are established, but the actors might as well be playing even more bad ass versions of themselves. Either that or characters they’ve portrayed earlier in their careers. This film is just a bunch of old guys having fun and kicking ass.

In a nutshell: The only things this film offers is the humour, the ensemble cast and the great action. This just needs a bit more Jet Li and a little less of an over-the-top  antagonist.