Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis (Im a fan of both) hang around the periphery of the film when they deserve to take center stage. Their dialogue exchanges, however cheesy, dont sound stupid like anything Stallone says in the film. My favorite one comes near the end when Willis shows Stallone his new aircraft and he says *That plane belongs in a museum* and Schwarzenegger declares *We all do*
There is a scene where a character intelligently called Gunner takes a tissue which has Einsteins theory of relativity on it and then blows his nose with it. Obviously, this movie is just plain dumb and I think it even knows it. Now I love guy movies. To be honest, I love chick flicks too. But what I dont love are dumb guy movies and dumb chick flicks. The Expendables was to the guy movie that some Twilight movies are to chick flicks. The worst scenes are the ones where the boys sit down and have a conversation. What follows could hamper your grey matter development as it did for me. But this film isnt about the talking. It is about the action. Sadly, the action too is run of the mill. It isnt as doggone stupid as the first film but it isnt an improvement either. Whenever I started to think this could be a better movie there is always an inane dialogue that drops. For example, Jason Statham is dressed up as a priest in one scene and he says something like this: By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you- man and knife. (Yes, that happened)
There is also a Chuck Norris joke incorporated into the film. I wonder why the filmmakers would put The Good, The Bad and the Ugly theme while Chuck Norris walks into the frame. Got our homages confused, have we? Id rather see Clint Eastwood do it but then again, hes Chuck Norris. He could walk into any movie with any background score and own it.
Jet Li is wasted and Jean Claude Van Damme is adequate as the villain. The Expendables 2 is strictly for fans of the 80s action films who dont ask for too much in their weekend movie entertainment. It has its share of action and one-liners that could please any fan just because it is there, not because how well it is executed or delivered. My dream action ensemble film would star Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson and Kurt Russell. The ghosts of John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee and Toshiro Mifune could also appear unleashing some Deus ex machina. Alas, Ill have to suffer another Expendables movie soon. view less