Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Expendables 2

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) / 79% (Audience)
Directed By: Simon West
Written By: Sylvester Stallone and Richard Wenk
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis: 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.

The Good:
As a huge fan of 80’s action movies, any time that this many of the big names from those films are gathered together ion one movie automatically makes me giddy with fanboy delight. By having Willis and Schwarzenegger in more beefed up roles it just made me like this movie even more than I would already have.
A special bit of props need to be given to the Muscles from Brussels. He very gamely attacks his roles as the villain of the piece with a gusto I wasn’t expecting and he is still a spry old bastard hitting all of his signature moves pretty fluidly. I also really enjoyed the way Chuck Norris kept popping up like some wandering warrior spirit with an unnaturally hued beard.
And stuff blows up real good almost nonstop.

The Bad:
Liam Hemsworth’s character was totally unnecessary and really didn’t serve any purpose that couldn’t have been met using any number of other characters.
Nan Yu’s Maggie was not as unnecessary but her casting was a bit off especially when casting a Michelle Yeoh or even Maggie Q would have fit with the casting M.O. of the movie. There also was not nearly enough Jet Li for my tastes.

The Ugly:
I can’t be the only person wondering why Carl Weathers hasn’t been invited to join the festivities yet?

Final Verdict: Lots of explosions, gunfights and deadly hand-to-hand combat accompanied by hammy one liners makes this the perfect throwback to a favorite genre of mine and as long as Stallone and his geriatric cohorts can make these films without breaking their hips I will be eagerly shelling out my hard earned cash to see them. B+

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