Expendables 2

Year Released: 2012
Main Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, swarms of other fighty guys.
Last watched:  September 2013
Review Date: September 2013
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

“The snake died”

Here we have a second film and yet if feels like it should be the first. You don’t need the other one at all and in most ways I wish it had never been born.

Sly isn’t directing this one and it shows. He’s relaxed, he fits in with everyone, smiles a lot, shows emotions other than “RRAAAARRR!” and they all seem to get along without being shoved together via set piece “here’s the plot” scenes. Jason shows how well he’s getting on with Hollywood by turning in a top lead performance. The onscreen crew work well and each give an individual performance in a cross between the A Team and those 1970 movies with big stars working together on one mission to…. well, you get the picture.

Action scenes are spectacular and body count ramps up so much that although everything’s laughable, you get a real punch out of running with them on this unending bullet-rain fury! Even with a more stars than Hollywood Boulevard, you don’t get too clogged down by their attention grabbing and indeed there seems to have been time to throw a little depth to Sly’s character that makes for a couple of non-dull moments of non-action!

The start is very much how it continues and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I’ve kept this DVD as I could easily watch it again. That’s quite a lot for me to say these days as I’m a grumpy sod that like to dislike movies. Take what you will from that.

DVD Extras: gag reels reveal how seriously people take their films and this one doesn’t have many laughs, more a bunch of small mistakes. There’s a making of that has a few interviews and everyone is smiling which is good but there’s also a bit on the guns used and their real-life counterparts.
Keep DVD?

Yes

Watch if on TV?

Yes

Snog, Marry, Avoid?

Snog with big guns a-blazin’!

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