Simon West’s The Expendables 2 (2012) Movie Review [First On Net]


Directed by: Simon West
Writer credits: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Wenk
Cast: Carpenter, Amanda Ooms,  Nan Yu, Scott Adkins, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone
Genre: Action|Adventure
Runtime: 102 Minutes

The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, 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 – five tons of weapons-grade plutonium, more than enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary they seek revenge from.

Norris doing Chuck Norris schtick, Schwarzenegger firing a very large automatic weapon; Jet Li doing cameo martial fight, Van Damme’s kicks, Statham fighting with classic knuckles, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone in the same action episode, violent and amazing action scenes. What more could you ask for in an Action genre film? Performance wise everyone given their best. Nan Yu as Maggie does what she was supposed to do.

The story of the FILM is very thin, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and crew as they seek revenge against Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a rebel who murders one of their own and threatens to change the balance of the world. When one takes such a regular storyline, it’s important to have skilled screenplay and sensible direction. The screenplay of the film falls short. Narration of the film is all right.

The Expendables 2 is goes beyond The Expendables (2010) mainly because the direction from Simon West is much better than Sylvester Stallone. The Part 1 was a mess with decent action but a poor story and okay dialogues. This predecessor is really action packed. You’re blasted off in the first few minutes leading up to the actual story. Simon West understands what Expendables 2 needed and adds some wild action sequences. BGM by Brian Tyler is adequate. Cinematography is neat. Editing is just Okay. Dialogues are Fine.

Scenes I Liked:

  • Introduction Fight Scene
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme telling about RESPECT
  • Sylvester Emotional Scene
  • Stallone and Statham using CLASSIC stuff for FIGHT
  • Introduction of Chuck Norris
  • Heavy Climax Fight

Survi Verdict: First half of the movie is decent, runs out of momentum post intermission, but gets back on track at the Pre-Climax. The Expendables 2 outdid Expendables (2010) with heavy strikers and heavy artilleries in the old-hat battle for the REVENGE. I’m not saying this film is great or technically Oscar stuff. But CHEESY One Liners, EPIC action and SUPERB cast make this film WORTHY watch.

Liked the Team Hymn:  Beware Beware of What We Care, Care for What You Do OR Mumbo Jumbo Is Gonna HooDoo You, Mumbo Jumbo Is Gonna HooDoo You, Boom Leg Boom Leg Boom…

Survi Review: 3/5

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