The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2: when they’re ambushed during a simple job the team have to avenge a fallen comrade… and shoot the crap out of anything that gets in their way. First off, the costume department deserve a medal; these guys are going in to action with cardigans, wooly jumpers, trench coats, French berets, designer jeans, cashmere scarves – they’re the most metrosexual mercenaries on the planet! The action is a whole other level of ace… blood, guts, explosions, limbs flying, heads exploding, bullet-riddled bodies dropping everywhere – only downside is that everything from the weapons to entire set pieces feel like copy/paste jobs from recent Call of Duty games. The majority of the runtime is like eating a cheese sandwich, made with cheesy bread whilst drinking mozzarella brine, but in a totally knowing, tongue in cheek fashion – like Willis and Arnie mocking each others characters and catchphrases. Lundgren should be singled out as a great sport, being the butt of almost every scene & joke. My only real petty concern is that there’s only one big/famous baddie – and considering some of the iconic action villains over the years, it’s the only thing they could really have done with upping. Having a real director makes such a big difference – everything is improved, although the comic timing is so far out that it’s embarrassing to watch (but does help add to the cheese-effect). The Expendables is essentially the male equivalent of Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve – an ensemble of big names that puts an entire demographic’s bums on seats, and where everything else is secondary. In saying that, there’s still something inherently satisfying and watchable about seeing Willis / Arnie / Norris and co firing big guns at things. Expendables 2 is a highly enjoyable Action/Comedy romp – it’ll be difficult to top.

Score: 9/10

6 comments
  1. Jaina said:

    Glad someone else noticed the clothes. That woolen cardigan that Jason Statham was wearing for most of the time? Well, he pulled it off! Maybe they’re going for the “unassuming” mercenary look?

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Definitely the most fashion-conscious hitmen on the planet. Rather an ‘autumny’ look though.

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  2. Nostra said:

    Although I didn’t like it as much as you did (7/10) I did enjoy it. The comic timing was off on several occasions indeed, but I do think that it was a much better film than 1 was….

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  3. Holy crap!! What an Awesome Idea for “Expendables 3″. Get all the old action movie VILLAINS!! LOL That’s awesome!!

    I agree, I had a lot of fun with this flick! Nice write up!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I really, REALLY hope that they do better in the baddie department for number 3.

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  4. I certainly didn’t expect such a good score for this movie. It looks as awful as the first. Although, I’m sure I will check it out. I have a soft spot for those 80s action movies.

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