The Expendables 2 is one the movies that you can’t resist watching after sharing their world in the first movie that came out in 2010. The Expendables 2 came back with a vengeance last August 17th 2012 and this time around, it’s personal. Barney Ross (played by Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Statham), Gunnar Jensen (Lundgren), Yin Yang (Li), Hale Caesar (Crews) and Toll Road (Couture) are back in business with a contract with Mr. Church played by Bruce Willis. The job is a simple walk in the park but then things go wrong and one of their members gets viciously killed. This is when they decide to seek revenge even in the most hostile grounds where everything is against them. Let’s read more on how The Expendables was rated by one of the top critics in the movie world, Brian Orndorf:
“The Expendables: An Action Packed Movie That Came With A Punch
I was a great admirer of Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” released two years ago. A brutal throwback to the sweat-stained, no-nonsense actioners of the 1980s, the picture was undeniably rough around the edges, yet contained a slick appreciation for genre necessities and broheim comfort. After its unexpected box office success, we’re now faced with “The Expendables 2,” a crisp sequel that employs a great deal of hindsight to move ahead as a possible franchise. Stripped of Stallone’s tendency to ramble, the follow-up is a more traditional bruiser, barreling forward with waves of violence, self-aware humor, and a rowdy supporting cast pieced together out of newcomers, B-actors, and martial art icons.
Out chasing paydays and bad guys, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his “Expendables” team are soon locked into a raw deal with Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), who demands repayment of money owed, sending in associate Maggie (Nan Yu) to help retrieve the location of a plutonium stash in Eastern Europe. Stealing the information is Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a ruthless terrorist out to make a killing in the bomb business. Hungry for revenge, Barney, Toll Road (Randy Couture), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Hail Caesar (the always entertaining Terry Crews), Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) suit up for duty, using their skills with weapons and blunt force to thwart Vilain’s dastardly plan. And when all else fails, extra help arrives in the form of friendly mercenaries Booker (Chuck Norris) and Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who beef up Barney’s makeshift army as the gang inches closer to their target.
Attempting to support mindless violence with a meditation on teamwork and global politics, Stallone threw a curveball with “The Expendables,” attempting to update the style of aggressive cinema that turned him into a household name. Passing directorial duties to Simon West, Stallone is more of a passenger for this round, co-scripting (with Richard Wenk, who directed “Vamp” many moons ago) a straightforward tale of villainy concerning a man appropriately named Vilain. It’s not a drastic cerebral comedown from the first installment, yet “Expendables 2” is noticeably broader with its characterizations and situations of survival, striving to amplify visceral elements that tickled audiences the first time around. It’s a safe approach, commencing the sequel with a greatest hits package of bloodshed, bullets, and brawn as the squad infiltrates a Nepalese fortress to rescue a kidnapped Chinese billionaire.”
The rest of the review can be read at blu-ray.com
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