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Yeah, yeah, I get it: "The Expendables 2" is a fun-loving throwback to the gloriously bad action films of the 1980s. Here's what I don't get: Why couldn't it be a throwback to the good ones?

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (66)
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Steve Hasse

Steve Hasse

Throwback to I AM LEGEND, a terrible movie you consider one of the greatest movies of all time.

Aug 17 - 07:54 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

I Am Legends a great movie, it's just not one of the greatest movies of all time -_-

Aug 17 - 11:20 AM

Tyler Kirk

Tyler Kirk

Agreed

Aug 17 - 11:56 AM

Todd Garry

Todd Garry

I am legend was terrible.

Aug 17 - 03:07 PM

Steve Hasse

Steve Hasse

I am Legend was awful, read the book way better.

Aug 17 - 04:26 PM

Balls McHammer

kolya Fist

Totally agree, though the end kind of sucked. If MUST watch the movie, go watch Omega Man

Aug 23 - 10:26 PM

Lee Akira

Lee Akira

Watch 'The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent price. The closest to the book.

Aug 24 - 06:02 PM

Jason Chung

Jason Chung

I Am Legend was barely palatable. Still bothers me that almost all of the infected ppl were CGI.

Aug 28 - 11:26 AM

Mark Angelini

Mark Angelini

I am Legend was a great film. I don't know what you're talking about

Aug 19 - 10:01 AM

J. Bogard

J. Bogard

horrible movie, so is The Expendables 2. Both are pieces of junk.

Oct 3 - 01:59 PM

Anna Michelle

Anna Michelle

I enjoyed it. Every movie version of a book is always hated by the book lovers. I am sure the book is better, of course.

Aug 24 - 12:57 AM

Aaron Yovanovits

Aaron Yovanovits

I never read the book, but the movie sucked.

Sep 9 - 05:37 AM

Michael Cheatham

Michael Cheatham

NERD ALERT

Aug 17 - 09:40 AM

Luis Gabriel

Luis Gabriel

Indeed some people should be reviewing soap operas!

Aug 19 - 10:45 AM

David Bertucci

David Bertucci

Because it wouldn't make it awesome...

Aug 17 - 10:02 AM

Gabriel B.

Gabriel Blah

Obviously because nobody cares about YOUR definition of "good."

Aug 17 - 10:33 AM

Alonzo

matias villa

You have every possible character of the "good ones", thats all you need.

Aug 17 - 10:41 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

Yeah, but these guys are at that age where the forgot how to act and have good dialogue. However, I don't know how emotional this film is or if it's even emotional at all. If not, then that's just weak.

Aug 17 - 11:22 AM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

There is no age where people 'forget how to act.' That's just arrogant. Clint Eastwood is still a fantastic actor (director too, obviously), and he's one of the oldest still in the game.

Aug 18 - 09:05 AM

Colter Tracy

Colter Tracy

I dont think they ever knew how to act in the first place. Just know how to take a cue when something blows up

Aug 28 - 07:37 AM

Justin Rigley

Justin Rigley

Why do you want so much emotion in an action movie...?
There's different genres for a reason. Film 101. I go to an action movie expecting massive amounts of awesome action, not tears and break ups. That's exactly what I got, which is why this movie was so mind-blowingly awesome.
Some people really just don't know how to have fun at the movies anymore.
Shame.

Aug 18 - 04:06 PM

Diana Leck

Diana Leck

Exactly!

Aug 22 - 06:32 AM

Zack Petrie

Zack Petrie

LOL oh cmon cheesey dialog is what made the action movies from the 80's awesome...I'll take a cheesey line from any and all Arnold movies or 1 from any of the Die Hard movies any day of the week

"BENNNNYYYYY SCREWWWWW YOUUUUUUU!!!!!"

Aug 20 - 08:59 PM

Jamerson Santos

Jamerson Santos

Vai tomar no cu Harry Potter!

Aug 17 - 10:42 AM

Sean Evans

Sean Evans

Im just gonna say that this reviewer gave magic mike 3.5 / 4. That means any credibility he may have had is lost. Its an action movie,it has a different type of explosion than he is into.

Aug 17 - 11:36 AM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

magic mike is better than this trash. don't be mad

Aug 17 - 11:58 AM

Jonathan Luce

Jonathan Luce

exactly. it wasn't good, but it was better than EX2 which was total sh!t

Aug 17 - 01:29 PM

A Wise M.

A Wise Man

Turn in your man card asap

Aug 18 - 08:46 AM

John Spradley

John Spradley

^ Win

Aug 19 - 07:41 PM

John Spradley

John Spradley

^ Win

Aug 19 - 07:41 PM

Mike Phung

Mike Phung

This > Ted > Magic Mike

Aug 25 - 11:42 AM

Tony Cancerslut

Tony Cancerslut

He was probably hoping to see the cast strip down and dance around like in Magic Mike.

Aug 17 - 02:40 PM

Charles Oosterhouse

Charles Oosterhouse

Yes. Because Magic Mike has so much to do with this film. What is wrong with people on the internet? Why do you people give such a hard shit about other people's opinions? Are you not able to enjoy this film knowing that this guy didn't like it?

Aug 17 - 10:31 PM

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown

What do you mean, YOU PEOPLE?

Aug 19 - 06:31 AM

Zach Wisz

Zach Wisz

What do YOU mean, "What do you mean you people"?

Sep 7 - 08:17 PM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

Magic Mike was good. He didn't award it those stars because he liked the stripping. It has a 79 anyway. Plenty of people liked it.

Aug 18 - 07:09 AM

Roderick Spode

Donald Clarke

What is this obsession that aggrieved commenters have with Magic MIke? "This reviewer liked Magic Mike" is regarded as some sort of criticism. The film was a very well-reviewed -- and really interesting -- Steven Soderbergh picture. If you don't like it, please explain why.

Aug 19 - 04:36 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

It's just a card being played by homophobic pricks to protect their manhood. It only makes them come off like douches.

Aug 20 - 07:16 AM

Art Salmons

Art Salmons

Translation of this review:

"Whaaaa the jocks always beat me up in high school! Now I'll get revenge by hating on action movies with big muscular guys in them!"

Aug 17 - 03:23 PM

rocknblues81

rocknblues 81

People stopped caring about dorks like this guy a long time ago. Go watch hefdfhsdahdffshhs maybe by France starring: dfhdghdhsdffhsdfhs.

Aug 18 - 02:23 AM

Jackie Tilley

Jackie Tilley

That is like saying somebody got you the wrong present when your present is perfectly good.

Aug 18 - 03:53 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

No it's not. It's like saying everyone else got xbox360's and PS3's last year and he got a DS this year instead

Aug 18 - 07:11 AM

Joe Fusco

Joe Fusco

No, no, apparently you DON'T "Get it."

Aug 18 - 09:11 AM

Joey Nicholson

Joey Nicholson

I got a feeling if it had subtitles and all the actors did was spend two hours talking about their feelings you would have loved it.

Aug 18 - 10:07 AM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

Oh, come on. One can enjoy a break a stupid buddy movie which UNDERSTANDS it's concept and does not attempt to go highbrow, no? I largely prefer upscale, highbrow movies to action flicks, but when the self-derogatory humor kicks in, the action heroes roll out and the fun gets in, you just see something which can be equated to either a frat reunion or a wrestling tournament in a retirement home. And that's WAY more enjoyable than, say, "Twilight".

Aug 18 - 12:25 PM

ColeYote

Colin T. Coyote

Sure thing, guy who complained that The Bourne Legacy didn't have enough action.

Aug 18 - 06:38 PM

Hans Crynock

Hans Crynock

This dork is just trying to gain attention. Or he just doesn't understand. Probably thinks Queen and Audio-slave are show-tunes.

Aug 19 - 10:43 AM

Meanne Sanchez

Meanne Sanchez

Get a life please. Even for a moment, just stop watching those drab movies you like so much.

Go out, and enjoy the Sun once in a while!

Aug 20 - 05:54 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

Drab movies are good

Sep 4 - 07:47 PM

Adam Dornink

Adam Dornink

You sir are nothing more than an action movie buzz kill.

Aug 20 - 12:02 PM

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