Reviews: The Expendables 2 (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/7] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Simon West, taking over directorial duties from Stallone, is at least better at staging action sequences, though the film is still over-edited to its intense disadvantage.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “The Expendables 2” is everything I wanted the first film to be but never got. It opens with a loud and violent action scene and hardly lets up. Even with more characters, it feels less crowded than the first movie, and there’s a lot of irreverent humor about the genre itself.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Bob Cashill @
    • Excerpt: End of summer reviews of FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE and REC 3: GENESIS, plus THE EXPENDABLES 2
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: A massive improvement simply because they have fun with the premise
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: A thudding scud of a sequel that defies the word ‘action” with excruciating pacing.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Action-packed and self-deprecating, the geriatric goons are back.
  • Ali Gray @
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: What this dumb movie does want you to find absolutely hilarious is random 80s action heroes — this flick is lousy with ’em — now puffy with age and sporting embarrasingly bad dye jobs popping up in deus ex actioner situations…
  • Kevin Laforest @ Montreal Film Journal
    • Excerpt: It brings back everything that was good about the first movie and makes it truly great, then adds a whole bunch of extra awesome on top of it.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: There’s a very thin line between being a tribute to something and becoming an example of it. The Expendables sold itself as an affectionate homage to the cheesy eighties action movies that you’d find populating the godforsaken post-midnight hours on a local television station. They’re the kind of movies we remember with a sense of casual fondness – we don’t lie to ourselves that they were great, but focus on the cheesy one-liners and the ridiculous stunts and the scenery-chewing bad guys. Unfortunately, those movies generally weren’t as good as we remember them. We omit certain details – the terrible pseudo-political subtext shoehorned in, the cringe-worthy character work, the pacing issues, the performances that aren’t so bad they become good, but are instead so bad that they remain bad. The Expendables felt like a revived eighties late-night action movie, rather than a tribute to our cultural memory of one.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: With a script seemingly dashed off on a chalkboard, “The Expendables 2” lives up to its title in the most pejorative way.

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