"After five days in agonizing pain...."
The Expendables brought action stars from every direction into one movie and sparked the interest of many people! After the success of the first, The Expendables 2 added a few more amazing action stars and intrigued everyone again! The film taps into that classic 80's - 90's action-packed style that we all used to love back in the day!
Story wise, if you look at the quality of story against the greatest films of all time, yeah it is a little weak... But, people have got to go see this film with an open mind as to what exactly it is... These films never claimed to go after oscars, but rather grab onto our imaginations of what it would be like if all the greatest action stars of all time appeared in the same movie! On that level, the film definitely delivers!
The acting is actually very well done on almost everyone's part! Jean Claude really portrays a great, badass bad guy! From the moment you see him, you know this is a man that can destroy you, and not think twice about it! Liam Hemsworth really brings that sort of stage acting to this film... He really is the emotional release in this movie, and it's not long before you get it from him! This young lad has a huge career ahead of him. The Hemsworth brothers are truly impressive! Sylvester Stallone even did a great job of not being monotone throughout the film... He shows emotion a number of times! I was highly impressed! Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis and will continue to act amazing in everything that he does... I don't need to touch him too much in this one! I would the only truly weak actor/actress was Nan Yu... Very flat lined her role... But thanks to her role, it did open the door for female action stars from the day to join!
Directing, I know they had to have some fun with this one... The script alone must have been a blast to create! All the one line puns, jokes about all their previous movies and even Chuck Norris making a Chuck Norris joke, it had to have been one of the most fun projects ever! They also do a great job of getting everyone about the same equal amount of camera time! The only two I wish I could have seen more was Jet Li (which I was highly disappointed was only in the opening of the film) and Jean Claude! I also wanted a more epic final show down between Stallone and Jean Claude... While it was great to see he still has his high kicks down, the fight was over way too fast!
The visuals were the same classic visuals we expected with an Expendables film... Lots of heads and body parts flying everywhere, blood, and very well done fight choreography!
Now as in overall view of the film as a film I had to give it a 3.5... It an average film when you look at quality of film as it stacks against the greatest films of all time, but as far as enjoyment is concerned, I will give it 5 star... You just need have your mind open that this is about all these guys getting together to make their films with everyone before they pass... giving fans the ultimate tribute to the classic films they have given us over the years!
I hope everyone enjoyed my review! I am open for discussion!