This is what i call nostalgia people. Gritty, dirty, funny, unpredictable- and fun. Fantastic photography, great astute direction and some emotional cores minus political straights jargon!
The film is fun, it has a very brooding menacing villain, its domain and vastness epic, it's scaled and fast and clear footed, never preachy and underlined with such a subject matter that is handled well in the likes of Rambo but with the set up and links and characters so warped and unsentimental at times in the first and broad shouldered and tired out- political nuance doesn't deposit itself in their realms and either Sly Stallone was trying to get at something in the first it held nothing. This is guts tearing, decapitation per every five minutes explosive feature that is directed fondly, tracking, slick, vast, grumpy, brooding, intimate, and just epic instead of feeling planned and projected from Sly's own noggin West gives it its vastness, its epic scale with long shots, in camera effects and an acuteness for reverberating pace and time slots, the conversations and divisions situated and deposited then the action delivered.
The films main aim is to have a laugh- with some great lines- of which are graced with a repertoire between Willis and Arnold of whom steals the show, skilled, butch, having a laugh, stemmed, happy with his position to laugh at himself with Bruce and Sly, all knowing that to recreate a nostalgic piece that feels as real and precocious as it is with references and in jokes and Easter eggs and pure mockery benefits the audience to give them gratitude and permission to submit to this spectacle that it is just purely fun. A great villain, a great ride, a great entrance into A HOPFULLY CONTINUED SERIES WITH West at the helm.
See it enjoy it, Van Damme's thrilling as the monstrous and ass kicking slick villain, the only down play looking back is, you want more from the characters though it does leave you feeling sparse, but that's just due course for more Expendables to extendable's from...;)