The Expendables 2

2012

The Expendables 2

Critics Consensus

Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.

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The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Audience Reviews for The Expendables 2

  • Feb 24, 2013
    So bad it's bad, and forgettable
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2013
    More of the same over the top action, with even more cameos this time. Including Chuck Norris, More Willis and Schwarzenegger time on screen and even more cheesy lines. If they do any more they will start to be listed under comedies not action films.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2013
    Where "The Expendables" failed to take itself seriously and benefitted from doing so, "The Expendables 2" does the complete opposite and soars above modern action films from doing so. Not devoid of jokes, just like "Live Free or Die Hard," the film is self-aware, but develops the plot and the characters just enough to where we actually feel bad when one of them dies. We're rooting for their characters this time around, whereas with the original, we were rooting for them because they're action heroes. Bloody, violent, dark, grisly, everything you want from an action film with Stallone, and we even get a few Chuck Norris jokes in the meantime. Very well done and diametrically opposite from so many modern action films. - "Crank," "The Bourne Supremacy," "Skyline," etc.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2013
    The first "Expendables": A bore. "The Expendables 2": Even worse. Oh "Expendables 2", you can shove in even more bodies like Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Jean-Claude Van Damme -- you can drag out an infinite supply of stampeding soldiers just to inevitably be shot at like those Call of Duty AI degenerates -- you can explode the entire scenery into smithereens -- but nothing will change the fact that your action set-pieces are boring. Nothing will change the fact that though you got the "Terminator", John McClane, and Rambo all in one frame, the action all comes narrowing down to a simple 2-step mechanic: 1) The camera faces a shooter that is shooting a gun away 2) Camera cuts to some nameless guy getting sprayed away by that shooter. The movie's a bore, guys. That same camera cut is plastered throughout the entire hour and 42 minutes. No action? No problem -- cue the laughably awful dialogue and the ludicrously uninteresting sub-narrative. After the movie, I can't recall one memorable scene. Not one. Coupled with the flavorless acting is the ugliest looking CGI-blood ever. Sometimes, being overbloated with tons of action scenes doesn't make your movie the baddest of them all. After all that dizzying affair of explosions and bullets, I can recall that the few action scenes "Django Unchained" had was much, MUCH more gratifying and entertaining than "Expendables 2" in its entirety. I came into this film with the least of expectations, and I was still left sorely disappointed. It may have a buffet load of action, but the quality is all crap.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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