‘Expendables 2’ belies age in sequel

By Jodie Roush
Staff Writer

December 6, 2012

Audiences who prefer comedy with their violence will enjoy the humor and plot of “The Expendables 2,” which is showing in Price Auditorium on Saturday.

“The Expendables 2” comes jam-packed and fully loaded with Sylvester Stallone still leading the charge. Liam Hemsworth manages to hold his own among the older, more established action heroes – most of which should probably be enrolled in AARP by now.

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Similar to last “Expendables,” the beginning is filled with an amazing, action packed, thrilling and sometimes amusing symphony of inspired violence. Audiences should expect a lot of bullets to be fired and blood to be shed.

The Expendables  reunite for what should be an easy paycheck. When something goes wrong, the team’s quest for revenge puts them up against an unexpected threat.

The movie has a lot for violence-loving audiences to chew on. Arnold Schwarzenegger blows away endless amounts of villain fodder with a giant thumping gun. Randy Couture takes more of a hands on approach by throwing his opponents around. Dolph Lundgren acts like a Frankenstein beast of a brawler, and Jason Statham gets a fine moment in the spotlight with a fight in a church. Even Jet Li gets a kick-butt hand-to-hand fight. But one of my favorite characters was Jean Claude Van Damme, who shines as a ruthless villain.

This film is directed by Simon West. He wisely widens the lens and lets the audience see what’s happening, with hardly any in-camera or post-production shaking added to the picture — a definite improvement over the last film. The sequel has a comical side, involving Chuck Norris jokes and references to other action movies.

“The Expendables 2” stars an action lover’s dream team that doesn’t disappoint. The movie has loads of fun and works as a reminiscence trip for fans of the “muscle-bound shoot ‘em-up” films of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Jodie Roush is a sophomore majoring in communication and can be contacted at jroush2@lhup.edu

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