If you’re expecting some sort of warm-up, forget it. The Expendables 2 drives into explosive action right from the very start, it will take your breath away! The original core team consisting of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture enters with a bang and continues at such a blistering pace. Hanging by a zipline while being shot at and shooting like crazy…this is just one of the many memorable images in the movie. You better keep your eyes glued to the screen for the revelation of the characters of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. When Schwarzenegger quips, “I am back!”, he surely makes his presence felt. Yes, you have every reason to be excited!
The way one Expendable is murdered during a mission assigned by Mr. Church (Willis), there is no question why the rest of The Expendables are propelled to take revenge. They show just how bad their attitude can get. “Track him. Find him. Kill him.” This becomes the mission statement of Barney (Stallone) for the enemy, Jean Vilain (Van Damme), whose mean looks and heavy built, plus his ensemble of thugs, cannot go unnoticed. The other side of the story about how Vilain gets to steal weapons-grade plutonium only shows the extent of his evil deeds, which justifies Church’s emphatic urging to Barney: “Tear him apart!”
Interspersed with all the high-powered battles is the amusing exchange of banters among the cast. In such scenes, it is apparent that they all enjoyed making the movie just as they have expressed in interviews. Seeing the iconic Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Norris fighting side-by-side is classic! The chops of Jet Li and the killer moves of Statham can easily inspire oohs and aahs. The youth and the pretty boy look of Liam provide a striking contrast to the legends’, while his character’s backstory gives heart to this flick awash with machismo. Chinese actress Yu Nan is an added asset to the group. Let it be said that Director Simon West (Con Air) knew exactly what he was doing. All in all, The Expendables 2 is made of cool stuff perfect for your chill-out moment. Watch it as it hits Philippine theaters starting August 16. From Viva International Pictures.