Review by Matthew Schuchman
Unfathomable scenarios, cornball one-liners, and showers of thick crimson blood - welcome back. Upping the ante with the addition of a few more action legends, The Expendables 2 is just what you expect; a ridiculous throwback to a fading action genre with a new age twist. Just as with the first film, it's almost impossible to express how this fever of violence and bad jokes makes one feel. The Expendables 2 is both moronically sad and simply irresistible at the same time.
No man can resist the primal joy felt as a result cartoony violence. The opening and ending of The Expendables 2 is highly satisfying in a childish way. On the other hand, The Expendables 2 is plain stupid and only breezes over that fact by purposely being so. Yet, there will be those who can't see past this, leaving them bitter and angry. Just remember that this is meant to be a roller-coaster ride and all will be fine. All that being said, it's still one of the hardest films to pin down with a rating.
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The Expendables 2
In Theaters August 17, 2012
Directed by: Simon West
Written by: Richard Wenk (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)
Featuring: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth and Randy Couture
Plot: Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.