Yesterday I sat down and watched The Expendables to get ready for when I went to the theatre later that day to see The Expendables 2. Once again, I was taken aback at how bad the CGI blood was in the first movie, and how, personally, it took me out of the movie at times, and that’s never something you want to have happen if you are a film maker. Aside from that, I do enjoy the first one, so was excited to see the sequel.
I’ll tell you this: The Expendables 2 blows the first movie completely out of the water. It is what the first movie could have and should have been. Better story, more comedy, action was awesome, and yes, the CGI blood was much better this time around.
The addition of Jean-Claude van Damme and Chuck Norris really helped the movie flow better this time around, and having the ability to utilize both Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger really added to the overall enjoyment of the movie.
Sylvester Stallone continues to defy his age in these movies, and I love it. He does grow the character a bit this time around, but his action scenes are still awesome. However, once again stealing the show is Jason Statham. Statham continues to show why he is this generations greatest action star, growing the comedic value of Lee Christmas in this movie.
All in all, if you enjoyed the first one, or thought it was slightly lacking, The Expendables 2 is definitely for you. 3.5 out of 5, almost a 4 though, it was that close.
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