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September 17, 2012

‘Expendables 2’ blows away mediocre beginnings

Movie Review

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A rarity in the film industry certainly would include the chance for a sequel to make up for a first chapter that didn’t meet its own hype. Taking that a step further and actually delivering the knockout blow in awesomeness might be even more unbelievable.

 However, ladies and gentlemen, what should have been epic from the start not only is now, but may indeed leave us testosterone action seeking guys craving what comes next. The salute to the best of 90s violent mayhem has finally arrived and hosanna such an impressive cast list seems to have not been wasted in vain. “The Expendables 2” proves that no matter how cheesy or full of holes a plot is, sometimes all you need to be entertained is good old fashioned good versus evil butt kicking.

 The story isn’t so much of a continuation of the previous movie, but simply another day in the life of aging mercenaries Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and the rest of the gang. During the latest round of missions their newest recruit, Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), has come to a realization the life is not so much for him, claiming he’ll do one last mission when the CIA operative they were hired by in the first film, Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), decides to exchange a mission for a debt he feels he is owed.

 What is supposed to be a simple object recovery mission soon turns into an all out war for revenge when Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the leader of a rival mercenary gang, kills one of the expendables and takes off with the device they were after. They learn through their Church forced female recruit Maggie Chan (Yu Nan) that theft of the device will have global consequences if they don’t stop Jean and so begins an amazing display of action and memorable one-liners. Every bit of explosions, blood splatter and acknowledgement that there’s no way one can take this seriously keeps audiences engaged and laughing until the final bullet is fired.

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