The Expendables 2, 2012.
Directed by Simon West.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan and Scott Adkins.
Sent to track down a safe that holds the key to global power, the Expendables come up against a group of shady mercenaries led by Jean Vilain who are after the same thing.
The Expendables 2 is a brilliant postmodern pastiche and also a wonderful statement on masculinity, aging, and cinema itself. That might be a slightly surprising statement, but let me explain why.
From the opening scene, where the group recover a colleague held captive, The Expendables 2 sets out to satisfy and exaggerate the tropes of the elaborate 80s action films that made the cast famous. The first set piece echoes Schwarzenegger’s Commando and Stallone’s First Blood, and sees bodies fly, »
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