Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.


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Richard Wenk (screenplay), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Barney Ross
Jason Statham ... Lee Christmas
Jet Li ... Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren ... Gunner Jensen
Chuck Norris ... Booker
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Vilain
Bruce Willis ... Church
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Trench
Terry Crews ... Hale Caesar
Randy Couture ... Toll Road
Liam Hemsworth ... Billy The Kid
Scott Adkins ... Hector
Nan Yu ... Maggie
Amanda Ooms ... Pilar
Charisma Carpenter ... Lacy


Barney Ross is approached by CIA man Church, who wants him and his guns for hire to go to the former Soviet Union to retrieve something that was on a plane that crashed. Church doesn't tell him what he is getting. And Church sends a woman, Maggie with him to make sure he gets it. They find the plane and get the thing but some men take one of Barney's people hostage and the leader tells him to give him what they got or he'll kill his hostage. They give it to him but he kills his hostage anyway. Barney asks Maggie what was so important about that thing. She says that it showed the location of a Russian plutonium storage mine. Barney decides to track the man down and deal with him. They track them down and discover that the man they seek is Vilain who leads a group known as The Sangs and that they have taken all the men from the surrounding villages to work the mine. Written by

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What most people call hell, they call the retirement home. See more »

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Chuck Norris's character's name Booker is also the name of his character in Good Guys Wear Black (1978). See more »


As Billy's chest is cut by the double bladed knife towards the beginning and 2 lines of blood are on his chest from the cut, during the scene as they flash to Billy kneeling, the blood disappears and re-appears throughout the scene. See more »


Lee ChristmasBarney RossGunner JensenHale CaesarToll Road: Beware, beware, walk with care / Care for what you do / Or mumbo jumbo's gonna hoo-doo you / Mumbo jumbo's gonna hoo-doo you / Boom-lay, boom-lay, boom-lay boom!
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Crazy Credits

The credits show images of the actors. When each image appears the skull shows first then the rest of the actors image fades in. When Arnold Schwarzenegger's image appears the top right hand side of his face is last to disappear and there is a light in his eye. Referencing the poster for The Terminator where you can see the metal skull and glowing red eye. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the version dubbed for francophone markets, the character Church, played by Bruce Willis is renamed to Chapelle. See more »


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You Don't Want To Fight With Me
Written and Performed by Frank Stallone
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Cheesy Action movies of the last century makes a Hollywood comeback
13 November 2012 | by thornsthornsSee all my reviews

Bollywood action movies of the last century make a Hollywood comeback.

Seriously ridiculous movies both expendables. Expendables 2 seems more like a deliberate spoof than expendables 1, and wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

But its still loud, brass, obnoxious, crude, ridiculous, and corny. The fight scenes remind me of something out of a Bollywood Rajnikunth movie, where an old man beats up a hundred people with machine guns with nothing but his hands and fist, without getting shot or scratched at all. Whilst doing ridiculously corny cool poses and tough guy lines.

If this was a movie done by anyone other than big Hollywood names, it would be laughed out of the box office as a pile of tripe.

But the big names, make it a big movie.

Entertaining enough, but nothing special. A 7 at best when history will look back on it.

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Release Date:

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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