I was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend so I thought it would be nice to just sit back and watch a movie which I didn’t have to think about. So I thought to myself and decided that I needed three things: guns, explosions and over the top action. My mind then went directly to The Expendables 2.
Now movies like this one never will feature amazing performances. What they will always have is a group of actors who can kick ass. The Expendables 2’s cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, and Bruce Willis just to name a few. You can tell the cast was having a good time making this movie. All of the actors in this film are known for their roles in action movies which is a good thing. It just wouldn’t be right to have somebody like Daniel Day-Lewis running around in a movie like this.
The two screenwriters, Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone, both did a good job creating this movie. They kept the action fun and intense while making sure to throw in a lot of references to some of the actors movies. There are quite a bit of bad puns in this film, I assume all of them courtesy of Stallone. Although I couldn’t imagine a movie like this without bad puns. Sometimes there are action films that try to be “smart” and I am glad this one wasn’t. It was just pure fun.
This film has some very impressive action sequences. From the explosions to the gun fights, it all looks authentic. From Stallone beating the crap out of people with brass knuckles to Chuck Norris killing hundreds of baddies, it has everything you would ever want in an action movie. I was kind of surprised by the amount of gore in this one. It seems to me that a lot of action films aren’t as gory as they used to be.
Although it has some really average performances, The Expendables 2 was a lot of fun. I haven’t watched the first one since I heard that it was pretty bad, so if you want to just watch this one you should. You won’t be confused as it only has a few references to the first film. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It’s the type of film that you can watch to relax and its good for a laugh, too. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys any of the actors in this film or people who like straight up action movies.