Movie: The Expendables 2
Release: August 24, 2012
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Simon West
Writers: Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone
If a bevy of stars like Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Ajith, Vijay, Surya, Vikram, Jeeva, Dhanush, Simbu and Karthi are all seen together in a film how would it be? It is the same feeling we get when seeing Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other leading stars in Hollywood. This film was directed by Stallone and the first part released in the year 2010. The sequel has now hit the screens and let’s check out if it satiates the audiences’ expectations.
Stallone heads a gang of very talented people capable of doing all illegal work. America’s top businessmen, politicians and even the intelligence officers seek their help in issues which cannot be resolved legally.Bruce Willis, a police officer, meets Stallone and hands over a very confidential job to be done. The police officer offers an ultimatum to Stallone that if completes this task successfully, all cases on him and his gang would written off and they would be free forever.
The job entrusted to Stallone is to bring a box from an airplane that has crashed in a mountain. If any mistake is made in retrieving this box, the entire plane would go up in flames within a minute, warns the police officer. When Stallone completes the task with his accomplice Maggie and the rest of the gang they are in for a shock to find the villain holding one of Stallone’s men as captive. The villain, Van Damme, demands the box from them and offers to release the captive if he does so. Believing his word, Stallone hands over the box to the villain only to see him kill the captive and run away with the box. This makes Stallone wonder what the box contains.
The mystery lies behind what the box contains and the majestic move taken by Stallone and his team to battle with Van Damme henceforth saving the world from the disastrous end.Though there is nothing new in the story, the director has told it very interestingly. The action sequences are more in number when compared to the prequel.
Further, Arnold, who was seen in just one scene in the prequel, is seen in quite a few scenes this time.
The biggest plus of this film is that the director has made use to every star to the fullest. Jason’s sword fight, Arnold’s sudden entry, the lone hunter Chuck Norris, Stallone’s brilliant gun fight, Maggie’s intelligent movements, Van Damme and Stallone’s climax fight, etc., make this film a feast for action film lovers.
Stallone has managed to capture the attention of the audiences not just with action but with dialogues as well. For example, when the other stars kill the enemies faster than Arnold, he wits “Everyone has emerged as a hero within the short gap i had left” and in the climax when Bruce Willis presents an old aircraft to Stallone he says that it should be kept in the museum to which Arnold chips ‘even us’. These dialogues had the audiences roar with laughter in the theatre.
Looking into the negative aspects, it is illogical scenes that loom large. But this seems to be insignificant when compared to the action sequences and humorous dialogues.
Verdict : Action lovers can certinaly see this film once for sure!