The Expendables 2 (2012)
|Released:||Friday, August 17, 2012|
|Rating:||Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.|
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.
The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them.
Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time -- six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world.
But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way....
Purchase your copy of The Expendables 2 today at
The Expendables 2 images are © Lionsgate. All Rights Reserved.
Stallone Looking for Sigourney Weaver to Star in All-Female "Exp... 8/5/2014 10:02 AM EST
Sylvester Stallone said that we can expect an all female "Expendables" spinoff, "The Expendabelles", and that he would love to cast Sigourney Weaver as the lead. Stallone said, "We're going to do it at the beginning of next year. We are writing the final lines of the script, we've got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it." Weaver would play his wife in the spinoff, according to Stallone.... More>>
Bruce Willis Blows Expendables Deal 8/8/2013 11:00 AM EST
Sylvester Stallone hasn't made a secret about his disdain for Bruce Willis lately.Stallone had offered Willis $3 million for what would be 4 consecutive days of work for the upcoming third "Expendables" film. Willis told Stallone that unless he made $4 million he would leave the project. The plan backfired, and now Willis has been replaced by Harrison Ford. Now we know what the tweets about Will... More>>
Nicols Cage Joins Expendables 3 Cast 11/6/2012 2:32 PM EST
Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that Nicolas Cage will be joining the cast of "Expendables 3". The director/actor/writer is said to be thrilled about the casting, but he is still looking to add a couple more tough guys the cast.During a conversation with El Pais, Stallone said, "We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a... More>>
Clint Eastwood Up for Directing Expendables 3 9/19/2012 3:37 PM EST
Since "The Expendables 2" hit cinema screens earlier this summer, there has been talk of who would be in for a third installment of the franchise. So, with Sylvester Stallone wanting to expand the ever growing list of major action movie actors, many names have been mentioned, most notably Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage and Clint Eastwood.Producer Avi Lerner has already stated that Nico... More>>
Chuck Norris Won't Be Returning for Expendables 3 8/23/2012 2:26 PM EST
Don't expect to see Chuck Norris in the next "Expendables" film. The actor told Access Hollywood that this would be his last.Norris said, "Nope. Just number 2. This is it for me. Oh, yeah. This is very special. Just to be able to do the film with guys I've known for many, many years. To get a chance to get in and fight with them, it was a lot of fun. Plus getting a chance to meet Terry Crews, who... More>>
Female Version of Expendables Film A Possibility 8/20/2012 10:10 AM EST
With the second "Expendables" movie riding high at the box office, Variety is reporting that "The Grey's" producer Adi Shankar is lining up a new take on the movie, one with an all-female cast.According to the report his 1984 Private Defense Contractors production company has already hired writer Dutch Southern to come up with the script.Shankar is apparently going to fully finance the movie and i... More>>
Expendables Producers Looking to Cast Eastwood, Ford, and Cage E... 8/14/2012 10:51 AM EST
"The Expendables 2" will be opening in theaters this Friday, and creators are already discussing the plans for a third.Producers are said to be trying to get some more big names to add to the franchise, including Nicholas Cage, Harrison Ford, and the legendary Clint Eastwood. Avi Lerner recently said in an interview, "We've approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we've got a character in... More>>
It is Official -- Expendables 2 Gets A R Rating 7/30/2012 11:32 AM EST
"Expendables" fans needn't worry about a possible PG-13 rating for the upcoming film. It has been announced that the film will indeed have an "R" rating for strong violence, language and brief sexuality. The film brings the team back again when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) hires them for another job. Things don't go as easily as expected, and they suffer a loss on their team. This prompts the Expe... More>>
Third Expendables on Horizon? 3/26/2012 2:49 PM EST
In a recent interview with BJJ Addict, "The Expendables" star Randy Couture spoke about the future of the franchise."we're probably going to start shooting Expendables 3 in the fall after 'The Expendables 2' comes out in August", said Couture. Great news for "Expendables" fans, but we have yet to hear an official confirmation about a third film."The Expendables 2", starring Sylvester Stallone, Ja... More>>
Sylvester Stallone Changes Mind -- Expendables 2 To Be Rated R 3/19/2012 11:36 AM EST
Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that "Expendables 2" will have an "R" rating. This announcement comes after much speculation, and outrage, that the film would be tagged with a "PG-13" rating. It was also said that the teen friendly rating was pushed by cast member Chuck Norris.Stallone recently told StalloneZone that "after taking in all the odd rumors and hearsay, Expendables 2 is an R." He was... More>>
Expendables 2 Update 11/21/2011 4:19 PM EST
"The Expendables 2" continues production and some details have been released from the set. Reports are that the film will be opening with a scene in Burma, with Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, Trench, being rescued. The scene is followed by Bruce Willis's character (Agent Church) forcing the Expendables to do another mission for him. The film's bad guys are confirmed as being Jean-Claude Van ... More>>
Expendables Accident Leaves One Dead and Another Critically Injured 10/28/2011 3:55 PM EST
Tragedy has struck on the set of "The Expendables 2". One man has been killed and another critically injured after performing an incendiary stunt.During the shoot, which is taking place in Bulgaria, the two unidentified stuntmen were injured during a second-unit explosion scene. One stuntman died at the scene and the other was rushed to the hospital and had a five hour long operation. He is in cr... More>>
The Expendables 2 Theatrical Review
The Expendables are back, and this time they are even more explosive than before. All the old cohorts from the original movie return, joined by new recruits Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), Booker (Chuck Norris), Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Maggie (Yu Nan), in director Simon West’s sequel.
In 2010, the first Expendables read like a who’s who of 80’s and 90’s action movie stars, and brought together the likes of Willis, Stallone, Statham, and Schwarzenegger. There were whispers that this was just an excuse for one last hurrah, to make an action movie like it used to be made, before CGI became as advanced as what it is today, and to shut the book on an era in which hard hitting macho men were the superheroes of the day. I, for one, am glad that book was not so easily closed.
The opening minutes have got to be the most explosive opening to any movie I have seen in a long while, if ever. With the team of mercenaries on what seems to be a snatch-and-grab mission, speeding trucks with guns a-blazing, downing a helicopter in a most imaginative way, all before the opening credits -- and this is just a taste.
The plot of the film is a simple one. An easy paycheck, one that sees Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Statham) and the gang team up once again with elusive CIA operative Mr Church (Willis): go into a foreign country, find a crashed plane, recover an item of world importance, and then head home. Things do not quite go to plan, especially when Jean Vilain shows up. There is no need to know any more than that, as by this time you will find yourself deeply rooted to you seat, wanting to see how it’s all resolved.
Unlike the 80’s and 90’s, where the sequel was never any better than the original film, the second helping of the Expendables is much better than the first. With Simon West taking charge of the director’s chair, the movie just didn’t move; it flowed from one location to the next, seamlessly. The followup features better and bigger fight scenes than the first, and humour that delivered some great laughs and one-liners I'll remember for a while, as well as some cameos that would make any genre lover reach for the rewind button. Fans of Terminator, Die Hard and Rambo will enjoy the parody and references to those films, as there are many, and I am sure many more I missed.
On the strength of it, you could easily see a third instalment on the horizon for this franchise, and if there was ever to be a third installment, I would hope for Yu Nan to reprise her role of Maggie. Knowing what you were going to get from the rest of the cast, she was a bit of an enigma; seen as an outsider from the start, she was very much part of the gang by the end, overcoming many of their prejudices and gaining their respect.
Although it is not flawless, movies like this don’t have to be. I went into it a fan of the first, and wanting this one to be as good, if not better, I was not disappointed at all! It is a fast paced adrenaline rush of a movie that certainly packs a punch, and one that should not be missed.
-- Paul Kates
Read More The Expendables 2 Reviews
- Allison Hazlett-Rose (B) (4K Ultra HD Review)
For more reviews please visit our film/television review section.
The Expendables 2 images © Lionsgate. All Rights Reserved.
Be sure to subscribe to FlickDirect, Flick2, and Movie Hype App YouTube Channels.
5/15/2012 8:02 AM EST
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (...