The Expendables 2
1 1/2 stars
Of course, "The Expendables 2" is all good fun and games and recycled catchphrases. Until somebody gets hurt. A lot of somebodies.
When you're filling the screen with every big-screen action star of the past 25 years -- except for
"Expendables 2" is a "Road Runner" cartoon for the bloody-minded, a wise-cracking cavalcade of carnage that hurls bulletproof heroes at the huddled masses of villains, defies the laws of physics and treats us to so much bloodshed that it's only natural that some of it should spatter on the lens.
Irresponsible as a first-person shooter video game? You bet. But it holds together, more or less, right up to the moment
Sly Stallone and his team bring their soldier-for-hire thing to
There's a friendly rivalry with this big Austrian dude who says "I'll be back." Again.
And there's a Belgian-accented heavy (
"Respect is everything," he purrs. "Without respect, we're just people." He pauses, dramatically. (Or as dramatically as JCVD can manage.) "But respect must be taught."
These Expendable mercenaries -- Stallone,
The "Road Runner" analogy really works here, as director
Norris' entrance is no sillier than anything else, but his arrival, an hour in, signals the moment when screenwriters, director, cast and crew just threw up their hands, laughed and said, "What the hey?'"
Which is fitting, because that's the arc that the careers of these guys -- to a one -- took. Serious action pictures, followed by performances that turned into caricatures, ending with movies that were one big muscle-bound joke.
"The Expendables 2" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout).
Running time: 1:42.
Credits: Directed by
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