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"And at the very end...Liam Neison kills them all."
That's the best quote to end this review (albeit sarcastically).
Wowww!!! I gotta say I seriously thought that this movie would've averaged out to a full price. The first one was more of a matinee to me and was the movie that didn't necessarily not pace itself to well but the action scenes in the middle were okay but nothing special. In this one everything was well-balanced. It was paced well, humorous, had serious moments, definitely way better shot action scenes, but slightly over the top with the cgi blood and main villian, which to me rounds out to at least a full price.
I like Stallone's approach to his movies. It seems like he's taking the right risks (blood & guts) and not taking it too far over the top where it's just comical and stupid (ex: "Crank", "Transporter", etc.). I don't know why they used cgi blood but at least they did use it. I'm glad they didn't let Arnold, Willis, or Norris overshadow the movie (Arnold acts like something's wrong with him anyway, he looked like a bobblehead with the machine guns. But I would've wanted him to have more lines, not shitty one-liners). The fight at the end was kind of short but I'm glad they showed that sometimes a good old-fashioned ass-whoopin beats all the martial arts BS. I wanted to see more of Li since the action scenes were shot better but I liked the movie anyway. I feel everybody got to show there strong points and those with more to show got more screen time. If anybody got shat on it was Couture because he didn't even have a quick one-on-one fight scene and not having many lines. Oh, and the girl was a waste of time. Van Damme's crew were a little too "NSYNC" for me and not grimey enough (when Van Damme kills somebody in the movie it's pretty cheesy).
But overall the bad stuff didn't take too much away. Compared to the BS they put out this movie really made my day and I hope the next is just as good.
@ The Dubya
Let's not turn this into a cyberfight, I was just giving my opinion. If male strippers is your thing, then that's on you, man.
I thought it was great. exactly what i wanted
Saw it today. My wife and I had legitimate laughs throughout. (And she’s as jaded as they come) From the review I was half expecting to see some grandpas, with a walkers in one hand and a M16 in the other, dutifully rattling off slurred one-liners every few minutes. But nah, these old dudes kicked a$$, high matinée for me.
Slightly better than the first but it's just Some Ole BS. I've watched a lot of the action flicks by nearly everyone in the cast but this film does not take full advantage of what they can do. Apart from the opening scene I can't recall any impressive gun fights or fist fights in the movie. Sure there was plenty of shooting and violence but mowing down a bunch of nameless minions doesn't show the kind of struggle I like to see. The Van Damme fight hardly counts as a fight compared to those in his other films and overall I feel better about waching these guys in their own films were I can see Jet Li, Stallone, Statham, etc. really go to town instead of just a small taste here and there for all of 2 minutes of action time total each.
@Jonathon "Nothing what" what? LOL j/k That was a commentary for an episode of 24, I couldn't get it to play anywhere else so was just like "Ok, I'll use Spill's player but then open another window and delete so it doesn't take up comment space since it wasn't super relevant to Expendables 2. I could make points on how it can be similar but suffice to say, it wasn't. Sorry you listened to it.
It's difficult to see what people get so upset about with these movies. They're just fun. If you've seen the first one, you pretty much know what to expect at this point. If you've seen action movies in general you know what you're getting into. It's fun, it's harmless and I really hope we get a third one.
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