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The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Jean Claude Van Damme is as convincing a villain as you'll get, with a name to suit, and the team are as tough as ever. This time however, not all of them make it, and the atmosphere quickly gains a somewhat more somber tone. It's not just a story about retribution though, it's a story about vengeance. (Though... isn't that the same thing?)

Apart from the regular team, a few new additions jump in. Chuck Norris makes an awesome appearance, and Liam Hemsworth makes a brief one. Jet Li is back in the gang too, and Nan Yu tags along this one time. The action feels more polished overall - never unnecessarily fast-paced or blotchy, and each main persona gets a decent dose of screen time.

I like how the script plays back on certain details from the past movie as well, like the little What are you doing Gunner? exchange, and it feels like everyone's gaining more and more personality as their movie persona. There's punchlines, jokes, and action spanning a larger range of locations. Almost too many movie-related puns, especially with Arnold, but I do appreciate the homage.

Overall it's another awesome bout of action, with one of the most convincing villains in an action movie, though it's a shame his sidekick (Scott Adkins) doesn't get more fight time. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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