Review

2012 really has been a good year for action movies and I’m pleased to say that the one we’ve been looking forward to the most doesn’t disappoint.

The Expendables 2 is everything an action fan could want and to see all of these legends on screen together exceeds all expectations. 

The movie belongs to Jean-Claude Van Damme as the villain; he gives a career best performance and it’s a shame he wasn’t in it more. When he makes his entrance, you could hear a pin drop in the cinema; he’s clearly having a blast in the role. His fight with Sly at the end is one of the many highlights and it’s great to see him back and better than ever.

Scott Adkins also got to play a particularly nasty piece of work and once again proves that he’s a versatile actor and martial artist.

The first Expendables felt very much like the Sly and Statham show with the rest of the team having smaller roles. In part 2, everyone gets their place in the sun; Dolph gets some of the best lines, including a one-liner involving baby seals.

Chuck Norris arguably steals the movie with his entrance scene and demonstrates that he can laugh at himself; I love the music they used for him (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly).

I know we bitched about him before even watching the film but I can admit when I’m wrong; Liam Hemsworth was excellent and felt very believable in the role.

Simon West directs confidently and there’s no shaky cam in the fight scenes; we can see everything that’s going on with ease.

Brian Tyler’s score is fantastic as always and provides extra excitement with the familiar themes of the first film.

The script in general is far superior to the original with some great quips and it just feels like the old-school action movie we’ve been waiting for; it’s like a family reunion (with guns) and you feel tremendous warmth for these characters.

Any fears of a PG-13 family film are flushed down the toilet within the first 5 minutes as heads explode and asses are kicked. Our audience cheered and clapped from beginning to end.

The thing about The Expendables movies is that they do something which few movies do these days, they have fun. Every other movie is trying to be “gritty and dark” just now, well you know what? Enough with feeling sorry for yourselves and go watch this film; it’s an absolute blast and deserves to be a massive hit.

It’s not a flawless film, but the flaws are minimal; it was too short and could have gone on for another 30 minutes without any trouble at all. The fight between Statham and Adkins was very short, despite having a classic bad guy death complete with epic one-liner. So, nothing really majorly wrong there then.

Overall, it’s a rush of pure adrenaline with some of the best action scenes of recent times; great one-liners, amazing cast and just a full-on thrill ride! Welcome back action movies, we’ve missed you!

 

 



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.