|The Expendables 2|
|Directed by||Simon West|
|Screenplay by||Richard Wenk Sylvester Stallone|
|Story by||Ken Kaufman David Agosto Richard Wenk|
|Based on||Characters by David Callaham|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Editing by||Todd E. Miller|
|Running time||103 minutes|
|Box office||$171.2 million|
The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American ensemble action film directed by Simon West and written by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone, based on a story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto and Wenk. It is a sequel to the 2010 action film The Expendables, and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows the mercenary group The Expendables as they undertake a seemingly simple mission that evolves into a quest for revenge against Jean Vilain, a rival mercenary who has murdered one of their own, and who threatens the world with a deadly weapon.
Principal photography took place over 14 weeks beginning in September 2011 on an estimated $100 million budget, with filming occurring in Bulgaria, Hong Kong and New Orleans. Controversy arose over environmental damage caused during filming in Bulgaria, and the accidental death of a stuntman. Brian Tyler returned to score the film.
The film was released across Europe on August 16, 2012, followed by a North American release on August 17. As of August 27, 2012 it has grossed over $70 million worldwide. Critics generally considered the film an improvement over the original film, citing more use of humor and action scenes as positives. The plot and character dialogue, however, were negatively received. A tie-in downloadable video game was released on July 31, 2012, that served as a prequel to the events of the film.
The plot, like the acting, was over the top and silly. The bad guy was Jean-Claude Van Damme, who could have (in real life) probably destroyed most of the ancient actors in ths flick. I never liked Jean Claude, but as a bad guy he was just as lame as ever. The only thing missing from this movie is Steven Segall, who I would love to see blown up or beaten half to death. That said, it was GREAT FUN. I lost count of killed soldiers at around three hundred and that was just in the opening scene. Despite the lack of plot and acting, it was still a fantastic movie. The battle scenes had enough gore that I wouldn’t recomend it to people under 13 years old.
If you are a fan of any of the actors in this movie (besides Jean Claude) you will love this. The one-liner battle between the old ‘big dogs” Arnold, Bruce, and Stallone is just as fun as the battles and flying scenes.
This movie is so much fun you’ll need bullet proof jacket just to watch it.
Not Highly recommended, but recommended just the same. – M.R.