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The Expendables 2

Sylvester Stallone  Actor Jason Statham  Actor Jet Li  Actor Dolph Lundgren  Actor Chuck Norris  Actor Terry Crews  Actor Randy Couture  Actor Liam Hemsworth  Actor Scott Adkins  Actor Yu Nan  Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme  Actor Bruce Willis  Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger  Actor Amanda Ooms  Actor Charisma Carpenter  Actor

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The Expendables 2

Theatrical Release Date: 2012 08 17 (USA)

UPC: 031398160854

Studio: Lionsgate

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Graphic Violence]

Summary: The Expendables return with a vengeance in this follow-up to the 2010 surprise hit. Con Air's Simon West directed from a script by Sylvester Stallone and David Agosto. This time, Barney Ross (Stallone) and his merry band of mercentaries (including Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews) take on a mission from Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) to clear Ross' record. The mission in question involves acquiring a black box from a downed airplane, with the caveat that they bring along Maggie (Yu Nan), a military-trained soldier who throws a gendered wrench into the team's manly ranks. When another mercenary, Jean Vilain (Jean Claude Van Damme), ambushes the team and mess up their newest member (The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth), it's hunt and kill time for the Expendables. Jet Li returns in an extended cameo, as does Arnold Schwarzenegger, with fellow '80s action star Chuck Norris coming along for the ride. Undisputed III's Scott Adkins co-stars as Vilain's henchman, Hector. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Action

Features: cc
Audio commentary: with the director
Gods of War: assembling Earth's mightiest antiheroes
Big guns, bigger heroes: the 1980s and the rise ofthe action film
On the assault: the real-life weaponry of The Expendables
Guns for hire: the Real Expendables
Deleted scenes
Gag reel

The Expendables 2

Format: DVD

Release Date: 11/20/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

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Jeremy Wheeler

The Expendables 2 is a shot to the arm of pure, silly action-movie fun, and it stars so many heavy hitters it might break your brain to keep up with what's happening onscreen at various points during its slim 103-minute run time. Sylvester Stallone has obviously worked to hone the chemistry of this particular team-up, as the sequel fires on more cylinders than the first one's engine could handle. This time, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Jet Li are given more individual moments to shine alongside Sly, as are glorified guest stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and, yes, Chuck Norris. The icing on the cinematic cake comes in the form of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who hits a home run with his villainous character, Jean Vilain (get it?). Knowingly funny, yet still a little clunky, Expendables 2 is B-movie glee made by past-their-prime A-listers -- and anyone who knows what to expect will undoubtedly have a blast.

This time, the mission for Stallone's ragtag group of mercenaries is to recover a secret box from a crashed airplane. Along for the ride is Maggie (Yu Nan), a military-trained soldier who throws a gendered wrench into the team's manly ranks. Cue Van Damme, who defeats a new member of the team and runs off with the mysterious box. From then on, it's hunt and kill for the crew, who are aided time and again by their liaison (Willis) and fellow mercenaries played by Schwarzenegger and Norris. Thousands of rounds of ammo are shot, along with bazookas and plane cannons, while a whole lot of bad guys explode in a cartoonish fountain of blood similar to the ending massacre in Stallone's fourth Rambo film.

The movie has a lot for red-blooded audiences to chew on: Arnold blows away endless amounts of villain fodder with a giant thumping gun, Couture throws dudes around, Lundgren acts like a Frankenstein beast of a brawler, and Statham gets a fine moment in the spotlight with a fight in a church. Even Jet Li (underused in the first film) gets a kick-butt hand-to-hand (and cooking-pan-to-face) fight, expertly directed by Simon West (not usually known for being the tightest helmer in town). 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 raises the humor ante as well, with Terry Crews leading the pack in an amped-up role sure to tickle anyone who takes pleasure in this muscled genius' comedy style.

For everything it gets right, the sequel can't help but stumble a bit. The few times the movie slows down, it's a noticeable drag. Much of the humor errs on the obviously corny side, but if you are wooed by the picture's mix of Cannon Films-style mayhem and Hollywood nostalgia, you'll most likely end up laughing along with it. Stallone has effectively raised his own bar for the geriatric team-up, yet it still feels like there are more milestones to hit. The Expendables 2 is not perfect by any normal rubric, but it more than makes up for it in delirious charm and macho gusto. For now, that is more than enough. Oh, and Van Damme is just fantastic as Vilain. He really gives it his all in a performance that must make him proud. Along with the rest of the celebrated cast, we, the action-movie crowd, salute you! ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Boaz Davidson  Executive Producer 
Avi Lerner  Producer 
Sylvester Stallone  Screenwriter 
Richard Wenk  Screenwriter 
Simon West  Director 
Les Weldon  Producer 
Danny Lerner  Producer 
Danny Dimbort  Executive Producer 
Trevor Short  Executive Producer 
Guymon Casady  Executive Producer 
Brian Tyler  Composer (Music Score) 
Jon Feltheimer  Executive Producer 
Basil Iwanyk  Executive Producer 
Jason Constantine  Executive Producer 
Eda Kowan  Executive Producer 
Kevin King-Templeton  Producer 
Sylvester Stallone  Actor 
Jason Statham  Actor 
Jet Li  Actor 
Dolph Lundgren  Actor 
Chuck Norris  Actor 
Terry Crews  Actor 
Randy Couture  Actor 
Liam Hemsworth  Actor 
Scott Adkins  Actor 
Yu Nan  Actor 
Jean-Claude Van Damme  Actor 
Bruce Willis  Actor 
Arnold Schwarzenegger  Actor 
Amanda Ooms  Actor 
Charisma Carpenter  Actor 
Nikolette Noel  Actor 

Country: USA