EXPENDABLES 2 is the action film the first one should have been.
A pure shot of testosterone packaged in explosions and delivered by the toughest, beefiest action stars.
It could very well have been called Arsekickers Unite and makes the Avengers look as tough as a woman's knitting club.
These stars might be the senior citizens of the action world with a combined age of 260 but their bulging biceps can still get the job done.
The film follows the universal sequel rules, it's built from the same script foundations but with added bang.
As with the original film, there is barely a storyline to be seen amongst the crashing planes, exploding tanks and spectacular shoot-outs but just like you don't go to McDonalds for gourmet food, you don't see The Expendables for its deep and moving plot lines.
It's the brief moments where director Simon West attempts to weave in some earnest drama that the film really fails and grinds to a halt.
The new romantic interest for Stallone in the shape of Maggie attempts at flirting are like a bludgeoning to the head and Liam Hemsworth's 'heart-felt' stories of war should come with a boredom warning.
The film exceeds when it accepts just what it is; a big, dumb, action film where everything is done in grandiose excess and there is a heavy hand of genre-lampooning humour.
There are some fantastic one liners revolving around Arnold Schwarzenegger and Terminator puns and he demonstrates he still possess his knack for comic timing. .
The film thunders along through scene after scene of fairly graphic violence but it has handled with an almost comic bordering on cartoonish touch with flying chunks of flesh and pink mist spraying through the air.
Kick the fires and light the tyres, the boys are back in town.
- Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris
- Director: Simon West
- Rated: MA15+
- Verdict: Three stars
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