Running Time: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
Director: Simon West
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean- Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth
Synopsis: “Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat” (Nusantara Edaran Filem).
Verdict: Went into the cinema without expecting a good unpredictable plot or a non-corny script, and all that I was hoping for was a film packed with awesome action featuring the veteran stars I grew up watching. Unfortunately, it felt like there are even lesser action scenes here than its predecessor (2010). Offers good jokes but easy on action department with the small-fry villains standing around out in the open waiting to be shot by the good guys. Jet Li‘s hand-to-hand combat is greatly miss as he is only featured at the beginning of the movie. The last fight scene between Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme is disappointingly quick as well. The Expendables 2 clearly failed to make a good balance use of the cast and is more of a parody of the veteran action stars. If you don’t really know the actors, you won’t catch the jokes.
Second opinion: “Fun to watch and the action is interesting” (Iris Loong; didn’t see the first film).
Yu Nan as Maggie: No idea why they chose her to play the role but she can’t act for nuts and she’s not even hot. She brought absolutely nothing to the table.
Rating: 2 / 5
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Major plotholes: The team gets trapped in the plutonium mine with the workers but Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) appears at the right time to drill an exit for them. Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) appears soon after that. How in the world did they find out where exactly to find them? And then, they go firing at the villains’ trucks that are carrying tonnes of plutonium. More saggy muscles than brains, these heroes are.
Favourite scene: The best scene is sadly a non-action scene. It’s none other than the scene dedicated to tell a Chuck Norris joke. “I also heard a rumour saying that you got bitten by a king cobra,” says Barney (Stallone) and Booker (Norris) answers, “Yeah and after five days of agonising pain, the snake died.”
Most predictable: Billy’s (Liam Hemsworth) death.
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