3.5 out of 5
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Do you know that Sylvester Stallone was nominated for 3 Academy Awards at the same time? Best actor, best director, and best writer. All for Rocky. Previously there were only 2 people who were nominated at those 3 categories simultaneously; Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. It proved that Sly at that time pretty much knew what he was doing. But where did that Sly go? Did the bright lights of Hollywood dry his inspirations? First Blood was a perfect thriller, but it was followed by the nonsense (but guilty pleasures) Rambo sequels. When the first Expendables came up, it was so much fun. It brought back the rough tough 90s action back into the silver screen. I gave The Expendables a 5 out of 5 point, because how insanely good it was.
So what happened with The Expendables 2? It was exhausted and could not follow its prequel. I believe everybody was excited when the announcement said Arnold Schwazenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, and Chuck Norris were casted. Chuck Norris, people! That guy is freakishly good! There is a reason why his name is used as the expression when something/someone is at the top most level. But sadly he did not throw any of his moves in this film. None! The final fight between Sly and van Damme was brutal, but too short as van Damme only threw 2 kicks. Jet Li and Mickey Rourke were dropped from the film. There was no Rambo meet Terminator meet Die Hard meet Red Scorpion meet Universal Soldier meet Walker Texas Ranger in here. Oh please…. The dialogue was not as good as the prequel. There were few highlights of course, one of the was the chitchat between Schwazenegger and Willis about “I’ll be back”, it was hillarious. And I never knew that you can kill someone with a Smart car. It was confusing to see Liam Hemsworth among the ensemble, but all made sense when van Damme killed him at the first 15 minutes of the film. To summarise, The Expendables 2 is expendable indeed.