Movie Review: The Expendables 2

Let’s start by identifying the genre here: This is a combat action film. Specifically, this is a cheesy combat action film aimed at guys who just want to see stuff blow up and bad guys go splat.

There’s a plot to this film, I think. It was a generic get the bad guy plot. The fact that the bad guy has his own private army just means we get more bad guys getting splattered by the good-guy team of mercenary commandos.

The Expendables, led by Sylvester Stallone’s Barney, are a team made up of ex-soldiers played by aging actors, except for the new-guy sniper (played by Thor, aka Chris Hemsworth’s little brother Liam) with dreams of early retirement and hopes to sail off to France in that new boat. There’s also the EEO girl thrown on the team by their employer. None of that matters much. We’re not really concerned with the characters. There’s a hint of character development, but only a hint.

The point of this movie is to take the action stars we all grew up with and throw them into a movie together where they all act in their stereotypical roles shooting guns and splattering bad guys. This is rated R for the splattery violence.

There are several Deus Ex Machina moments, which kill any hopes of taking the plot seriously, but, as I said, the plot is not important when we get Bruce and Arnold driving a door-less Smart Car through an army of bad guys, shooting their machine guns with one hand.

And they stick in some signature one-liners and homages to the characters these people have played over the years. You’ll hear “I’ll be back” and “Yippie-Ki-A” and a classic meme Chuck Norris joke, among others.

So, if you’re the type that likes the kind of movie I just described, this is the kind of movie you’ll love.


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Wil Ogden was destined to be a wastrel but thwarted fate. During his second junior year in high school he discovered he had a muse and a talent for writing. Despite taking almost a decade to complete a bachelor's degree by changing majors eleven times, he managed to grow up. Along the way he worked as a blacksmith, a record store manager, a candy store manager, too many years in food service, a four year stint in the USAF, and finally settled down into Information Technology, which he uses to pay the bills and support his family of himself, his wife, son, seven daughters, two dogs, three cats, six chickens, a snake, a ferret and two parakeets.

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Movie Reviews, Tripe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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