Review of The Expendables 2, Back for War

Review of The Expendables 2, Back for War

It sure looks like the all star cast of The Expendables 2, Back for War had a blast filming the action packed movie.  Hardly five minutes goes by between them facing a new hoard of enemies at which point they stand up next to each other, put their weapons on full-auto and mow the enemy down with the help of very graphic special effects while testing out each other’s catch phrases from the eighties… “I’ll be back,” “yippee ki yay,” etc.  When they run out of catch phrases they trade barbs like “waiting for Rambo,” or ‘I’m a Lone Wolf.’  If you lived through the eighties there’s no need to explain the references…if not, ask your parents.

While I admit it’s fun watching Sylvester Stallone (who also produced), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme (aptly named Jean Vilain as the enemy commander) share the screen… I wish there had been more than the thin veneer of a plot.  In order to make sure I spelled all the actor’s names right I checked out the movie’s official website…in a lot of ways the website’s like the movie… it was never finished either.

The Expendables 2, Back for WarIf you’re looking for fair acting, any semblance of military tactics or reality…watch a cartoon instead.  If you want to see actors that aren’t too beat up from years of making good action flicks to lay down on the ground or run behind cover when they’re getting shot at… pick up one of their old movies.

On the other hand, if you liked the tone and seriousness of the Cannonball Runmovies and like to see things explode…this is the movie for you.

The The Expendables 2, Back for War is currently available for instant download/rent from Amazon for $3.99.  The first movie, The Expendables is available for free to Amazon Prime members and for $1.99 to non-members on instant download.

 

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