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My Thoughts on: The Expendables 2 (2012)

As crazy as the first Expendables film was, The Expendables 2 manages to take it to the next level and still be just as enjoyable. In fact, the second film manages to improve in several points, most notably by including Chuck Norris in a hilarious cameo that pays homage to the “Chuck Norris facts” memes popular at the time.

Like the first film, The Expendables 2 centers around a mission that goes sideways for Barney and his crew, only this time it gets a member of the group (Liam Hemsworth) killed. The bulk of the film follows the group as they hunt down the people responsible to wreak bloody vengeance on them. The film also features a great villain played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who does a great job making you hate his guts.

There isn’t too much more to say about this film, since for the most part it’s full of what you see in the first Expendables film: gunfights, explosions, crazy stunts, etc. It’s an enjoyable ride regardless and it only served to whet my appetite for further adventures featuring the Expendables.

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My Thoughts on: The Expendables (2010)

Brian Tyler talks The Expendables (2010)

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My Thoughts on: The Expendables (2010)

By all the rules of film as I understand them, The Expendables should not work. It’s a film filled with big action stars from the last 30 years who are slowly but surely getting past their prime and a story with actors like that just shouldn’t work! However, the action is so over the top that it does work and that’s why I freaking love The Expendables. It’s a story that follows Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his band of fellow mercenaries as they go on a job for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). The regular band of Expendables consists of:

  • Lee Christmas (Jason Statham)
  • Yin Yang (Jet Li)
  • Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren)
  • Toll Road (Randy Couture)
  • Hale Caesar (Terry Crews)

There’s also Mickey Rourke as Tool and Steve Austin (of WWE fame) as Dan Paine, one of the bad guys.

The plot of The Expendables, in a nutshell, is extremely basic. The band of mercenaries gets hired on a job that becomes very complicated and messy before all is said and done. In this case, Barry and the rest of our heroes are engaged to take out the dictator of a small island nation, only to find out that he’s being backed by a rogue CIA agent. It’s about as basic as a plot gets for an action film, but that’s alright because the insane levels of violence make up for any missing plot details. Seriously, this film (and the entire Expendables series) is an homage to the action flicks of the 80s. There are explosions everywhere, huge gunfights, and so much blood and death it’s kind of scary at times. And yet, despite that, as I said before, it just works. All the violence, all the gun fights, there’s something oddly cathartic about it all, that I can’t help but love.

It really is great to see so many action stars together in one place, that’s just part of what makes The Expendables so much fun, seeing all of those stars together and just watching them bounce off one another in all kinds of entertaining ways (I particularly love the dynamic between Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone).

Let me know what you think about The Expendables in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

My Thoughts on: The Expendables 2 (2012)

Brian Tyler talks The Expendables (2010)

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Brian Tyler talks The Expendables (2010)

The basis behind The Expendables is so simple and at the same time so crazy, I’m surprised they didn’t try it sooner: create a film starring every single action star you can get your hands on and have a story where they all have to work together against a common foe. It’s insanely brilliant when you think about it. (I haven’t gotten the chance to see it all the way through yet, but the parts I have seen, I loved!!)

 

The plot follows an elite group of mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Stallone) and the chaos that ensues as a routine contract to overthrow a dictator becomes anything and everything but. Aside from the all-star cast, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have small cameos as well.

Brian Tyler was hired to compose the score for The Expendables, having previously worked with Sylvester Stallone on Rambo (2008). Please enjoy this behind the scenes look at how Tyler assembled the score.

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