100 movies: The Expendables 2

100 movies of 2012

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

The Expendables 2The Expendables 2 (17/08/12)

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but it doesn’t go to plan. Their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Once upon a time it was okay and perfectly normal for you to be just an action hero. You just starred in action films. There was no amount of weight put on the films you were in. They were pure entertainment. Viewers didn’t care that the plot or dialogue was something that sounded like it was written by a child. All the viewers cared was that the action levels were high and stayed that way.

Somewhere along the lines, this sort of film was lost. Some would say for the better. Not me. When The Expendables hit our screens just a couple of years ago, I welcomed it. Yes, the dialogue was bad. The plot laughable. But it was a return of the action films from the 80s. Those silly, over the top action films that was just plain action and nothing else. What that film also brought back was some of the legends of that era. And you know what? They were all pretty damn good all bundled up into one film.

The Expendables 2 takes the same template as the first one. It feels like a slightly tighter and slicker film. But effectively it’s the same, simple story. Bad guys vs. Good Guys. Good guys win. Though, you could argue that here for the Good Guys there’s a much stronger motivation for them to go after said bad guys, than in the first film.

All the guys are back for a second round. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzeneggar have much larger parts than their previous cameos. Chuck Norris is a welcome addition too. Though it’s not just a bunch of old guys. There’s some new blood in the shape of Liam Hemsworth and he’s definitely a welcome addition. Freshens things up and creates some new relationships within the team.

The film starts as it means to go on. Action. Blood. Bullets. Explosions. Everything skips along at such an incredible pace too. Sure it’s not a hugely long film, clocking in at just about 102 minutes. But it still feels a lot shorter than that.

There’s plenty of humour. Possibly more than the first. The majority of it is silly lines and throwbacks to all of their previous films and stuff they’ve done before. Which did make me laugh. Especially the Chuck Norris moments. It’s good they can poke fun at themselves.

The final showdown between Stallone and Van Damme was totally worth it. Brilliant fight scene. And you know what trailer making people? Unlike with The Bourne Legacy and countless other action based films out this year, all the best bits were NOT in the trailer.

It’s not a highly intelligent film. It never set out to be. It is what it is. A big, dumb action film. And for that, it did good. Oh and those Hemsworth boys? Boy do they have good genes!
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

100 movies: Action junkie

100 movies of 2010

The Expendables (13/08/10)
Awesome film. Don’t look at me like that. I loved it. It was fun, entertaining, funny and had plenty in it to keep me occupied. The pacing was a little slow in the beginning, but once it got going the movie sped by really very quickly. Loved some of the little throwbacks to some of the action films some of the cast were known for. Best one being Dolph’s scene which was straight out of Universal Soldier! I really am amazed at the cast in this film. I’m not a fan of Jason Statham, Dolph or Jet-Li, but they really worked well in this film. I didn’t roll my eyes when any of them were onscreen.

There’s enough explosions in this film for their to be a shortage of explosives. I was thinking that there was an awful lot of fire in the film!

The plot’s not the most inventive, but it really didn’t need to be. There were plenty of good jokes. Sure Stallone looked permanently shocked, with his eyebrows at the top of his forehead permanently, but he wasn’t bad. He did good here.
Rating: 4/5

Gamer (14/08/10)
I’m guessing this film was trying to same something important about people being slaves to the system. It almost did it, but I got distracted by the blindingly bad action sequences. Well they weren’t bad, but they were made to look more frenetic than they were and my eyes started hurting. I don’t mind a bit of shaky cam, I loved it in the Bourne films, but this was ridiculous. Michael C. Hall was very un-Dexter like. There were a few faces that were recognisable, Alison Lohman, Sam Witwer and I reckon there must have been a fan of Psych somewhere in the production staff when I saw James Roday and Maggie Lawson together!

It wasn’t a great film. Just very eh with the occassional ‘OH!’ when I recognised certain cast members.
Rating: 2/5

Read more to see the full list of movies I’ve seen so far this year.