Review - The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...

The rhomboid-headed action heroes who convene in The Expendables 2 — among them, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, and special guest badasses Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris — are realistically thick of waist, uncannily smooth of brow, and ridiculously white of teeth. Even when they're ambulatory, these gents have the limited flexibility of posable figures who are worth more as collectibles, untouched in unopened packaging. And two years after Stallone first gathered a core cadre of fellow rusting iron men in The Expendables, I couldn't be happier to see them, oiling their gun barrels, grunting their one-liners, and blowing away bad guys who speak English with suspicious accents. Not for a minute does this lot suggest that there's any post 9/11-ish, global-warming-ish, economic-meltdown-ish subtext to their stupidly impressive antics. What a fun-dumb relief! In the isolationist Expendables world, all foreigners are bad news. All buddy bonding is done with a wink. All pretenses of art are checked at the door. Someone even says, ''I'll be back.'' (Guess who?) Read More...

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