With a returning cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews and Randy Couture, the forecast called for non-stop action. The additions of Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth and Jean-Claude Van Damme only add to the organized chaos showcased in the first installment.
The film begins with a 20-minute action scene chock full of guns, explosions, knives and hand to hand combat.
It gets better.
After another successful mission, the Expendables are approached by Church (Bruce Willis) to carry-out an otherwise routine job. But, after the unexpected loss of a team member, the film becomes a story of revenge.
The Expendables go to hell and back, destined to seek revenge on Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a mercenary terrorist who leads the enemy forces. The film’s final sequence can only be described as Rambo meets Bloodsport.
Don’t worry. You’ll be impressed.
While the plot itself made almost no sense, the action/comedy dynamic adequately compensates for the storyline gaps. Moreover, the movie is littered with quotes from the star’s past movies, making it impossible not to laugh during the film’s massive gunfights.
There is also limited use of CGI, giving the film an old-school action feel. This also required fight choreography to be impeccable, which it certainly was.
Ultimately, given the genre, this movie is excellent. It has combat and Chuck Norris. I mean really, what more can you ask for?
If you’re a guy, this is a must see. With that being said, I’d recommend leaving the girl at home.