The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: Simon West
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger


The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory, where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – five tons of weapons-grade plutonium, more than enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary they seek revenge from.


  • Way better than the first “Expendables”, I really loved this one! The action-scenes are good, and it’s always nice to see such a cast. I also liked the humour in the movie, some jokes refer to other movies (Die Hard, Terminator, Rambo,…) and that’s just funny! I didn’t know what to expect after seeing the first one, but the sequel was pretty good!

  • “Track ’em, find ’em, kill ’em.”

    The sequel to The Expendables (2010), an Avengers-esque coming together of action heroes old and new that struck box-office gold two years ago, comes with the expectation that it shall be brawnier, louder and cornier. Well, it does deliver what audiences want – a blockbuster starring a bunch of famous muscular guys whom are past their expiry date, but are still able to punch, kick, and of course, shoot their way through hundreds of armed bad guys.

    Sylvester Stallone once again heads the cast as Barney Ross, who gathers his team of fighters and gunners for another mission, this time to prevent plutonium from falling into the wrong hands. The baddie is played by crowd favourite Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will inevitably spar with Stallone in a one-on-one fight scene.

    I grew up on an exclusive diet of 1980s and 1990s action films like First Blood (1982), The Terminator (1984), and Hard Target (1993), admiring not only the action stars, but also how action was shot at that time, which centered on brute strength, immense firepower, and a high body count. These days, action stars are leaner, stealthier, and it appears that action filmmakers prefer to eschew the traditional visceral approach for a more stylized one.

    The Expendables 2 is a throwback to the Hollywood action films of the past. It is aware of the legacy of being badass. Characters spout hilarious one-liners, often self-referentially. They are nonchalant about violence. It’s not about killing the guy next to you, but whether you would come out as more badass than the others. Which is fine by me.

    Considering all that, The Expendables 2 is indeed a relentless, visceral, in-your-face action blockbuster. However, it entertains for the wrong reason, which is that it entertains because it seems to somewhat fulfill audiences’ expectations that the legacy can still be relevant in this day and age.

    Unfortunately, and this is a key point (albeit a fairly ironic one), it fails to entertain in the same way action classics of that era so proudly and memorably did so. This is precisely why I feel The Expendables 2 is only deserving of two stars.

    Much of the camerawork in the film is done in poor taste, with several sequences such as the one that sees an airplane flying into a tunnel sorely lacking in any form of visual coherence. The climatic act sees a flurry of action as Ross’ team of burly men rack up the body count in a bloody shootout that is done in a way that feels more perfunctory, rather than being skillfully manipulated to achieve some kind of artistic reverence to the genre’s past – the idea of delivering good old-fashioned action that will be remembered for years to come.

    Think of a picture like Commando (1985). It is similar to The Expendables 2 in many ways, yet despite its weak script, appalling acting, and non-existent character development, it still gives fans action sequences that they want to see again and again. Can The Expendables 2 make that claim five or ten years from now?

    Verdict: Extremely loud, and incredibly pointless, this shoot-em-up extravaganza doesn’t blow you away, but to pieces.

    GRADE: F (4.5/10)

  • Well, you get what this film actually stands for : fantastic action, embellished with fighting scenes, infused with terrible acting, a wafer-thin story and lots of not so funny one-liners. If Arnold Schwarzenegger makes one more “I’ll be back” joke, I hope they shoot him in on the spot.

    That’s what the Expendables are anayway. A collection of old legends whose action movies I’ve enjoyed during the last 20 years. They are the founders of the action genre from the 80s. The idea to collect them in 1 film was original, but with this 2nd film I start to get a “yes-we-know-it-and-we-have-seen-it-before” feeling.

    The best parts were reserved for Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone. The rest is just needed to fill up the cast. But in the area of action, they are the crème de la crème. Chuck Norris is magnificent and refreshing.
    Am I waiting for part 3 now ? Nope, not really. But on IMDB I see there’s another one in the making … but without Bruce Willis … Oops ! With a few newcomers like Nicolas Cage, Mel Gibson (rumored) and Wesley Snipes.

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