Lock n Load team… its action time. Seriously… its action time. In fact its so much action time that when the 2013 Oxford Dictionary revision is done, Expendables 2 will be the definition of action time.
Considering that the Directors and Writers have cleaned out the Action Hero Hall of Fame for this steroid induced fling its probably well deserved.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock you will have already seen or known about the hard work that has gone in to secure as many Action Hero ‘A’ Listers, what is even more incredible is the additions to the line up in #2.
The film collects Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth together for a widescreen (lets face it you wouldn’t fit these guys in a screen any smaller) slug fest.
There are bigger parts for Schwarzenegger and Willis as well as first time appearances from mega action heroes Van Damme (who didn’t quite make it into the first movie) and Chuck Norris.
Ok if you have not seen this DVD and are going to see it regardless.. Stop Reading now because we are going to roll with some spoilers.
Firstly the inclusion of Chuck Norris is brilliant. The movie is packed full of Chuck Norris facts. For example a reference is made about a snake that bit him, and after 2 agonising days the snake died. There are plenty more, and lets just say they keep the Norris myths intact.
Another great aspect of this movie is the match up between Stallone and Van Damme. As the scene starts you know its gonna be some bare knuckled mayhem… and it is…
Look at the end of the day this is an action movie trying hard not to be anything else. It takes a considered amount of time to make fun of itself, and does this quite regularly through the storyline; A one point they start swapping each others one liners. The actors, for what they are, were brilliant.
Occasionally you wished the plot to go certain ways, even deliver a much needed punchline at times. But hey this was not going to be an academy award effort for screenplay.
My biggest disappointment was the very short time Jet Li was part of the story. I’m guessing the wages budget was looking a little hammered.
You will laugh, you will cringe but ultimately you will walk away with a healthy ration of action.
R16 Graphic violence.
Reviewed by: Skip Parker