The follow up to the first Expendables adds even more huge action stars to the lineup! The Expendables 2 sees the original team back in action with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis taking on bigger roles, Chuck Norris in classic cameos, and Jean Claude Van Damme posing as the villain.
Unfortunately this did not stack up as well as the first one. The first Expendables was a great guys action movie. Not a great movie or one that was snubbed at an Oscar. Just a classic- kill em all- type movie. This one, while packed with even more action, was less impressive. While the first one, Sylvester Stallone looked old, he didn't move that way- he actually was still pretty impressive as an action star. And there were several very exciting scenes with Jet Li and Jason Statham. This movie had less of that and seeing Arnold still trying was almost sad. This movie also tried really hard to add comedy with cheeky one liners. For example, in one scene Arnold steals Terry Crews massive gun. Arnold says, "Don't worry, you will get it back." To which Terry says, "I better. Or you're going to be terminated." Another example, Chuck Norris does a corny line when he tries to deliver a "Chuck Norris" joke.
These guys are not funny. Well everyone but Statham and Li- they have their moments. So when they try to deliver one liner jokes it just comes off as awkward and not humorous.
Overall I have to say this was a pretty disappointing follow up. The action was over the top, unrealistic, and pretty unimpressive in comparison to the original. And the comedy was a failure and rather annoying any of them thought they had comedic timing down. I give it 1 star. Don't even waste your time. Rather spend two hours watching the original again during guys night.