We all know what we’re getting here, if you go into this movie expecting a deep plot, great character turns and stunning dialogue, then I have no idea what you’re thinking. This movie is jammed packed with 80’s and 90’s action heroes with an action movie to thin you can drop a pin through it. If you love explosions, guys getting shot, people getting stabbed and truck load of one liners, then you should see this movie right now. The first Expendables was odd since it was a promise of 1980’s goodness and never really delivered. Half the guys on the team didn’t make sense and the villains sucked. Here that all changes and everything is kicked up to another level where the movie literally never stops to take a breath. It’s an action movie through and through.
The plot is real simple, Barney Ross(Sylvester Stallone) and his team of bad asses are sent in by a CIA agent named Mr. Church(Bruce Willis) to find a shot down airplane. They are made to bring a Chinese agent, Maggie(Nan Yu) with them to Albania. Once they arrive and find the plane they are ambushed by Jean Vilain(Jean-Claude Van Damme)… Yes his name is Vilain. After Vilain murders one of their team members and is off to find 6 tons of Soviet hidden plutonium the team tries to track him down to get revenge. From then on the movie is simply pure carnage and nothing more. The body count rivals any action movie you’ve ever seen.
Now the movie’s plot is not dense. As they add heroes like Arnold and Willis and even Chuck Norris, no one really gets a lot of screen time. One of the best moments is actually between Sly and new add on Chris Hemsworth who many will remember from The Hunger Games. They have several scenes that really work as a surrogate father and son moment. Really though the star of this movie is JCVD who really steals every scene he’s in. I’m sure he had to put his ego aside to play the villain here but he’s obviously having fun. The fight between him and Sly is so classic that it’s worth the price of admission alone.
The films main problem is just too many people in it. Arnold comes and goes so fast you can barely enjoy him hamming it up. Mostly everyone shows up to drop one liners and shoot a couple guys. The action has no weight to it what so ever. It’s like a video game. Still visually it’s a lot of fun and you will get smiles from at least some of the jokes. Jason Statham is regulated to side-kick again but his fight scenes are the best. His show down with a JCVD henchman played by Scott Adkins and the fight is a stand out. In the end the movie is just a really long shoot out. You know what you’re getting throughout but I will say I had more fun this time around than I did with the first.