The Expendables 2

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The Expendables 2
From left: Yu Nan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture in The Expendables 2
Can Sly Stallone still get it up? That’s the dilemma of the first minutes of ‘The Expendables 2’ as his ageing mercenary flies his warplane low over water and struggles to clear a dam. Stallone is back for a second stab at recapturing the glory days of ’80s action cinema, and so are co-stars Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren. There are cameos once again from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Mickey Rourke’s gone awol. Fans of bargain-bin beat-’em-ups need not worry, however, for Jean-Claude Van Damme steps in to play a villain with a stash of plutonium and Chuck Norris pops up as a ‘lone wolf’. In some ways, this is better than the first film: it ditches tedious backstories and chats between saggy has-beens in favour of more stabbings, shootings and decapitations, which makes it a more honest proposition. There are some corny one-liners and a bit more self-mockery. But it’s still a ropey film, and – hair dye and wrinkles aside – if someone told you that the negative was found on the shelf of a studio that went bankrupt in 1991, you’d most likely believe them.

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 17 2012
Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Simon West
Screenwriter: Sylvester Stallone, David Agosto
Cast: Randy Couture
Liam Hemsworth
Sylvester Stallone

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Bad Ass. Don't bother if u hate 80's & 90's action flicks. Pure cheesy cheese balls - I loved it...roll on Die Hard 5 next year!

Excellent film - great fun - no swearing and no sexual references. Corny in parts, dont expect artistic merit, just sit back and enjoy it for what it is, lots of action and gore with little realism

Excellent film - great fun - no swearing and no sexual references. Corny in parts, dont expect artistic merit, just sit back and enjoy it for what it is, lots of action and gore with little realism

I think the story was written by an orangutan and that having the good guy setting on indestructible was absolutely stupid..... when u got at least 50 'bad guys' all firing machine guns at two 'good guys' I would put my money on the bad guys.... but guess what, I would lose !! The 'A team' movie got the balance of comedy and action right, this movie did not, Whilst the brain dead keep lapping up this hollywood rubbish they will keep producing it..... bet those that liked it can't wait to see judge dread (Batman in a different suit, ....) but I'm sure he is tougher cos he has an even deeper voice.

This movie was fast-paced, entertaining, a wonderful bit of diversion. Are you the same Calhoun that was on Amos 'N Andy?

anyone wanting to see the third man knew this was not an orson welles classic ,for the rest who went to see action as expected it was more than enough and liam hemsworth was not around in 91 if you have a brain or even a brain cell you should know that for sure .

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is better than the first film by some way. It isn't a smart or arty film but all you need is to disengage you brain and just go with the flow. At times it is silly and there is a huge amount of gratuitous violence but most of it is of the Tom and Jerry style silly explosions and over the top ways to kill people. A good three star film where all of the stars show that they are prepared to laugh at themselves with the airport scene a special dirty pleasure. Go see it it is worth it.

Enjoyable enough (and a VAST improvement on the first) but too many dodgy performances to forgive (when Statham is the best actor, you KNOW your'e in shit street!) and PUNCH, KICK, STAB, SHOOT, "II'll be BACK" PUNCH, KICK, STAB, SHOOT, "Yippie Kay Ay".........gets a bit tiring. Worthy free be or 2 for one.........just needed a less clumsy approach. Will I watch the Third with a glimmer of hope? Yes, so box office wise, job done. 6/10