Friday, August 17, 2012

Jason reviews The Expendables 2

Schwarzenegger: "I'll be back."

Willis: "You've been back enough. I'll be back."

Schwarzenegger: "Yippee-ki-yay."

I've died and gone to movie-nerd heaven!

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

If The Raid: Redemption is the best action movie ever made, then The Expendables 2 is an old-school action fan's wet dream. It's corny, cliched and full of violent gunfights and brutal brawls. And praise Jebus for it!

I'm not going to bore you to tears with details on how well it's made and how surprisingly decent -- by action-film standards anyway -- the story is. Basement Dwellers should only care about how awesome the action is and how cool it is to see these guys on the big screen together.

For one, the action is awesome. The opening sequence is bigger and better than the shootout at the end of The Expendables. And things just improve from there. The final battle inside an airport is damn great, as is Stallone's fistfight against Van Damme. It's not a long punch up, but it's worth the ticket price. And all the other stars get their moments to shine.

And how about those stars? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis get into the action this time and just when you think you're not going to get enough Chuck Norris, Lone Wolf McQuade comes back for more. Dolph Lundgren provides the comic relief and gets to be big and scary. We like him big and scary.

Props as well to Jean-Claude Van Damme. The man has had one too many facelifts, but he's got a hell of a screen presence. Hopefully we'll see him on the big screen again soon.

If you like big, loud, and bloody action movies, you won't be disappointed with The Expendables 2. It's better than the first one and entertaining as hell. A Good from me.


  1. So glad you dug it man! Paul and I are waxing rhapsodic about The Expendables too right now for next week's show... This and The Raid in one year? well christen me fucking happy!

  2. Thanks dude! Look forward to hearing the show! Yup, a good week for action movies!