The Expendables 2 on Blue-Ray DVD (cert 15)
Director ~ Simon West
Expendables 2 starts with a high-octane action sequence, snappy dialogue and knowing references to its action hero stars and their movies. (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jet-Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Arnold Shwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews...) Somehow this great start then devolves into a muddled plot to stop the plunder and sale of stored cold war plutonium to someone (not sure we ever learn to who or why) by a group of mid-European baddies, via what looks like a local airport....
But, forget about the clunky plot, what counts is the bodies, right? And there are plenty of those, plenty of fights, plenty of muscle, sweat, blood, bravado, male bonding, humour and blowing up things and in an action movie, the bigger the bangs the better and that certainly applies here.
I would loved to have seen a bit more of the skills some of these stars are famous for and a much sharper plot routed in this century rather than the last but, as always, with a cast like this the movie is worth watching just to see the famous faces, biceps and butt-kicking action. Lets hope the plot for The Expendables 3 gets pummelled into better shape.
Three out of five stars.