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Review: THE EXPENDABLES 2 Is Mindless, Senseless Action - It's Great! - Movies In Focus
The Expendables 2 is mindless, senseless action featuring a bunch of ageing action movie stars. And it’s absolutely great. I wasn’t totally taken by the first Expendables. Sure, it had some good moments, but I felt that the balance was missing. It was more of a two-hander between Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, rather than the group action film that was promised – and the best moment was the all too brief scene featuring Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Stallone appears to know what worked and what didn’t – regrouping, recharging and delivering the ultimate in “male pattern badness” – and boy does he deliver. The plot is simple: Barney Ross (Stallone) and his group of Expendables are sent on a mission by Church (Bruce Willis), in what appears to be a routine mission to Eastern Europe. Things go wrong, when they meet Jean-Claude Van Damme’s villain, Jean Vilain. Vilain kills one of the crew (not Terry Crews, he lives) and takes off. That’s when the Expendables decide to “track ’em, find ’em, kill ’em”. It’s a simple plot, which is the set-up for some great old school action, ridiculous one-liners and great screen chemistry. It’s obvious that [...]