A welcome return for the action movie

REVIEWED BY NADINE HANCOCK
Last updated 08:45 12/09/2012
Expendables 2
MISSION STATEMENT: We have come to entertain you by blowing things up and killing a lot of bad people.

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OPINION: The Expendables 2 Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Liam Hemsworth and many more action stars; directed by Simon West

Back in the good old days (namely the 80s), action films weren't taken too seriously.

Instead they were enjoyed for what they were, a movie providing a lot of action, little plot and a few chuckles along the way.

These days, action films have serious actors playing tortured roles with a love interest thrown in, a twist at the end and are often an hour too long.

However, last year something incredible happened.

A group of classic action stars joined forces to star in one movie that will never be forgotten - The Expendables.

Cinema goers smiled from ear to ear while watching Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, Rocky), Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, Predator), Dolph Lundgren (Masters of the Universe, Universal Soldier) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard) in the same film, doing what they do best.

For those that did not experience the sheer awesomeness that was The Expendables, the movie has a simple premise. A group of heroes - The Expendables - fighting bad guys resulting in a lot of action, things being blown up and lots of cheesy dialogue.

This second instalment is fairly similar in terms of plot, but is made even better with the addition of Jean-Claude Van Damme, portraying Villain (yes, that is the character's name and yes, he is the villain of the film) and Chuck Norris cast as Booker, whose character is named as a homage to a character he played in Good Guys Wear Black from 1978.

Norris is by far the best cameo of the movie appearing in slow motion (of course) to the theme music from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and paying tribute to all the Chuck Norris facts out there. That one scene is sheer perfection, as are all others that pay tribute to the cast of what were true action stars. Rambo is referenced, so is The Terminator and Willis' catchphrase “yippeekayee” is thrown in as well.

The only action star missing from this outstanding line-up was Steven Segal.

So here's hoping he makes an appearance in The Expendables 3 scheduled to start production this year.

However, do not go in expecting to see another Shawshank Redemption or Gone with the Wind. This film is to be enjoyed like Rambo and Predator once were - as pure entertainment.

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- The Southland Times

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