The Expendables 2 Review: Violent action with a lot of fun and very funny
The Expendables 2 combines very strong action violence with humor and heart. The theatrical version has a lot of obscenities.
The movie opens with a bang as Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and their team of mercenaries rescue another mercenary and a Chinese billionaire from some bad guys. Back home in New Orleans, the CIA’s elusive Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) tells Barney he owes him one more job.
Church sends Barney and his team to Eastern Europe to recover a digital map of something. One of their team, however, is caught by another group of mercenaries led by Jean Vilain (“Vil-anne”), played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Vilain says he’ll exchange Barney’s man for the recovered digital map. Barney agrees, but Vilain viciously kills the man anyway.
Barney and his men learn that the map tells the location of five tons of weapons-grade Russian plutonium. Vilain plans to sell the plutonium to the highest bidder.
Now, Barney and his guys have to track and kill Vilain and his men not only out of revenge for their friend’s death. But also to take back the plutonium. They get help from three other guys, the aforementioned Mr. Church played by Mr. Willis plus characters played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Church Norris.
The Expendables 2 is basically a popcorn action movie. That said, star and co-writer Sylvester Stallone and his team have added a lot of heart and humor to the story.
For instance, the filmmakers have built in a lot of friendly camaraderie among the good guys. There’s also a major sequence where the good guys help the women in a local town free their husbands and sons who’ve been kidnapped by the bad guys to dig the plutonium that’s been buried in the nearby mine. At one point, one of the women is show praying in church as the good guys begin to storm the mine.
As for the humor, the cast and crew have a lot of fun with the personas of all the action stars in the movie. For example, when Schwarzenegger at one point says. “I’ll be back”, Stallone quips, “You’ve been back enough!” There are also some Chuck Norris jokes in the script.
The Expendables 2 (Biet Doi Danh Thue 2) is a lot of fun and very funny. But it offers some morally and spiritually uplifting moments as well. Regrettably, the latter moments are diluted by a revenge theme, bloody action violence and the foul language. The good news is that, reportedly because of the influence of Chuck Norris, the movie contains no profanities. It also happily contains no lewd sexual content or explicit nudity.