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"Track 'em, find 'em, kill 'em",
This review is from: The Expendables 2 [DVD] (DVD)
With the first disappointingly Expendables film a distant memory, they really needed to up the ante to make sure the Expendables 2 isn't just more of the same. You'll be pleased to hear then, that with the introduction of Con Air & Tomb Raider director, Simon West, they have stepped up to the plate & improved on the original.
The core of the crew from the fist film return, Sylvester Stallone , Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren , Terry Crews & Randy Couture feature extensively. Meanwhile Jet Li makes a briefer appearance, but produces a great martial arts scene. Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger make longer appearances this time (well they were in it for like 2 minutes in the first one) alongside Chuck Norris, the trio have some great scenes, and the humour of they're past blockbuster one liners especially, made for some great uplifting moments during the carnage. Sadly not on the goodies side, but just as well, as Jean-Claude Van Damme put in a fantastic performance as the villain, and is one of the contributing factors behind the film being better this time around.
The plot is formulaic fare, the Expendables are hired by Bruce Willis's government agent to get back some top secret information & are joined by safe cracker Nan Yu (Tuya's Marriage). However when new guy Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games)is killed by Van Damme's slick villain in the process, the Expendables go on the hunt for the information, and fueled by revenge. On this note, perhaps if one of the more senior members was killed off, i could had felt more empathy with them. The acting is decent, but we don't expect anything amazing, as we know when it comes to action stars, they're acting ability rarely puts them anywhere near the Oscars honor role. What we come for here, is the action! and it certainly delivers. Right out the blocks we are treated with an extended action sequence reminiscent of the compound battle scene from the first Expendables movie. The action scenes are a bit more varied, with a mixture of guns, punch up's, martial arts & an overall sleeker approach, broken up with some emotional scenes. No doubt all thanks to Simon West's direction.
In conclusion, if you want to leave your brain at the door & be entertained with loud & bloody action, then this is a must see. Recommended.