Devon's Review of The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2(2012)
Sylvester Stallone and his band of geriatric mercenaries are back, and this time there are even more of them as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme join in the fun. The Expendables are recruited by Church (Bruce Willis) to escort the beautiful Maggie (Nan Yu) to the middle of a distant jungle to find a plane crash where the remains of a secret code are hidden. This code unlocks the secret one hundred billion tons of weapons grade plutonium that the Russians had hidden underground during the cold war. When the terrorists, led by the evil satanist "Vilain" (Van Damme), get their hands on the code, it's up to Stallone and co. to dish out the justice and bring the pain/bring the hammer down, etc. Needless to say, explosions follow.
While the first Expendables movie was a bit of nostalgic fun, the Expendables 2 is kind of a bore to sit through. The acting, is of course awful, but that's to be expected. What I wasn't expecting was just how little effort anyone involved in this movie seemed to be willing to invest into it. This is a phoned-in film if ever there was one. Phoned-in plot, phoned-in script, phoned-in cameos, groan-inducing one liners... it adds up to a big let down from the previous film (which isn't saying much). Look, I know the Chuck Norris mythos, but the reality is, he's a frail, little old man with bad dye jobs and the idea of his bad-assery has been greatly exaggerated. There seems to be a great desire by the fans for this movie to be good. They need it to be good and they somehow will themselves into believing they are enjoying it. I can't give any good will to something so obviously lazy. This is easily one of the worst movies of the year that I've seen so far.