Notable Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Nan Yu
Review: Longest. Casting. List. Ever. Jeez, I think I ran my word count out already just listing every action star Stallone could convince to pop in for a quick gun fight.
So here we are, reviewing a film with quite possibly the greatest action hero line-up in history. There’s no doubt The Expendables 2 was set up for glory, but with so much hype surrounding nothing but nostalgic casting choices, one had to be nervous proper due diligence would be done as well to support the local talent. The Expendables itself left much to be desired, but that was the past baby. The Expendables 2 was everything I wanted and more, being nothing but enjoyable blockbuster fun served via heaping helpings of testosterone exploiting fun, fully embracing the B-Movie action genre and going for nothing but balls to the wall action. Director Simon West (Con Air/The Mechanic) proved and invaluable resource in setting up extravagant shoot outs and pummeling fight scenes, challenging Con Air for silly ensemble cast beat-em up glory. Every minute outdid the last, every explosion out blew the previous, every punch packed a harder whallop…you get my drift. The Expendables 2 is hands down summer 2012’s quintessential blockbuster hit, providing unmitigated entertainment no soul can deny. Even just thinking back on the film, I feel like someone just injected me with a syringe full of raw red meat, crushed up dumbbells, a fully lit cigar, and the blood of John f#cking Wayne himself. The Expendables 2 is nothing but an action-gasm of epic proportions. Think that quote will make the DVD cover?