Movie Review: Expendables 2

Self-referential, cheesy, dialogue-light, and not nearly as enjoyable as the first one. Of course that one had a lot to live up to, what with its plot and character-development, meager though they both were. Yes I laughed at this one, but at times I wasn’t certain if I laughed at the funny parts or the campiness of it all.
 
And I’m still a little confused about the role of Maggie. Was she CIA? Chinese? OK, she was Chinese, but was she working for America? Confusion.
 
Pros:
  • Supporting characters still awesome
  • Explosions per minute not all gratuitous
  • Fun to see everyone together
  • Moved the ‘story’ right along.
  • Chuck Norris. Cause he’s just that awesome
 
Cons:
  • Awesome supporting cast shoved to the background in favor of Bruce, Arnold, and Chuck who had more buddy-buddy scenes with Sly than plot-moving ones.
  • Predictability. Who didn’t see that coming with Liam Hemsworth? My fellow movie-goers and I had a bet 10 minutes into the movie.
  • Is Jean-Claude Van Damme that old and out of shape, or did they purposely not include his signature ass-kicking?
 
I could go on, but doing so would probably ruin what enjoyability I did take away from the movie. All in all, I give it a C. And I think that’s because of sentimentality and Jason Statham and Terry Crews
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About K. Reed

Romance author with a twist. Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead. A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the dystopian world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England. Luckily she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic storylines and great locale pictures, but for now she’ll stick to the east coast and the internet. @kreedauthor www.kreedauthor.com www.kreedauthor.wordpress.com kreedauthor@yahoo.com
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