The Expendables 2 Movie Review by Bobby’s Teen Movie Reviews
Mr. Church once again needs the help of Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his gang in this exciting sequel to a not-so-great movie. The job seems easy enough for the group, but when something goes horribly wrong, they will stop at nothing to take revenge on those who killed one of their own.
The Expendables, to put it simply, was not a good movie. The barely-there plot was unoriginal and unexciting, and the pacing was horrible. The dialogue was silly, and while the actors were good, none of them seemed too involved in their roles.
The Expendables 2, however, fixed every single problem that the first one had. I was excited to see it, especially after reading how much better it was than the first, but I was completely shocked at how great it actually was. To say it was ‘better’ than it’s predecessor is quite an understatement.
The plot was much more exciting and certainly made me feel for the characters even more. Dave Callaham, who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for The Expendables, did not return to write the sequel. This time, Richard Wenk, David Agosto, and Ken Kaufman came up with the story, while the screenplay was penned by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone.
The dialogue was much more fast-paced this time around, and the jokes were more frequent and funnier. There were some hysterical references to the actors prior work, including Die Hard, The Terminator, and Rambo. Also, the sentimental moments did not feel as out of place and they fit better in the film.
Sylvester Stallone, who directed the first film, did not direct the sequel. This time it was directed by Simon West, whose previous work includes The General’s Daughter, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Con Air. I can’t say that it was the directing that made the first one bad, but I’m sure that had something to do with it. Usually, when an actor directs a movie, it makes the movie better, but it wasn’t the case with The Expendables. Hopefully Simon West, or someone besides Stallone directs the third one.
Along with the writing and directing, the acting was another of the film’s strong points. With such a star-filled ensemble cast, you don’t expect anything less than perfect acting, and that’s exactly what you get in this. That mumbling, large, and scary-looking guy was fantastic, and so were the new series additions; Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Liam Hemsworth. While Chuck Norris was arguably the best part of the movie, Liam Hemsworth was surprisingly great in his role. He was just as good as the far more experienced actors he shared the screen with.
Arnie and Brucy Wucy luckily got much more screen time than they did in the first, and provided most of the really good laughs. Arnold is the one who delivered, in my opinion, the funniest, and most memorable line of the movie, consisting of only three words: “We all do.” You’ll get it when you see the movie.
The Expendables 2 is a great action flick filled with heart-pounding fight sequences and hysterical one-liners that are sure to keep you completely entertained for 103 minutes. Don’t let the first one discourage you from seeing this. This surpasses it in every way possible.
The Expendables 2
Directed by: Simon West
Written by: Sylvester Stallone and Ken Kaufman
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins, and Nan Yu.
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout
My Rating: 8.5/10
RIP Sage Stallone: 1976-2012
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