If Bridesmaids (2011) was the answer to Hangover (2009), then we should wait and see the answer to The Expendables. I wonder what the storyline will be for the super chick-flick?
First off, there are as many bullet shells as dead bodies in this second instalment of a surprisingly successful franchise with Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) as the team leader, Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) his lieutenant, Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), and Toll Road (Randy Couture) the team-mates. Added is Billy (Liam Hemsworth) (either to get some young audience or so that mom and dad can give their kids some relevancy to watch this together). Yin Yang (Jet Li) is only in the opening scene, and no reason is given of his subsequent absence. Replaced is Maggie (Nan Yu) who helps to retrieve some top-secret intel for the team, in fact it is really for Church (Bruce Willis). Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is another agent .
Team bad we have Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), who declined to participate in the first instalment, The Expendables (2010). Guess he changed his mind for this one. Perhaps it is good that he will not be in the next episode. (I used to be a big fan…but I forget why). Vilain’s mini-me is Hector (Scott Adkins).
I am surprised that there are such prolonged dialogues in the middle of the film, i.e., even if it was edited out, no one would really …
What it is about? Team good goes to retrieve top-secret intel, but get ambushed by team bad, and young soldier gets killed with team good looking on helpless. Revenge is team good’s motivation; besides, they must also get the intel back before bad things happen. There is GPS built-in on the package, which leads team good to bad. Vilain is after some very expensive commodity! (Wait! I thought right, plutonium is highly radioactive, but who cares!). Anyway the good guys win, and Church and Trench come for the finale. Head-counts for team good: intact, except young Billy.
I get what I expected for, so the movie delivers! I have seen all their films, and it is great to see all of them under the same roof, and making fun of themselves sometimes. You can tell they are all having fun, especially with Bruce Willis, it seems that he can’t keep a straight face in some of the scenes, pay attention to the one where he is with Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
Lots of blood and few heads got detached, punchlines, and jokes here and there.
WATCH! (Baby boomer’s $$$ at work if it makes the week’s top grossing film)