Saturday, 1 September 2012
The Expendables 2 Commentary
Action sequels are made good if they take the best parts of the preceding films and build on that while losing the crap. The Expendables tried to bring in some philosophy and a human element and I think they realized that it just didn't work. The first one had some morality to it. This one is just out and out revenge. They took the action, amped it up, and made a throwback to the mindless action movies of the late 80s and early 90s. For what it is, they did it very well. There is a lot of action in this film and the violence level is pretty high (at one point, Stephanie said it was 'a lot of raspberry jam').
Also, they kept some of the banter between Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham that brought good humour to the first one. Those two work well together. The problem is that they tried to extend that to any time that any two of Norris, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis were on screen at the same time. The references to their places in pop culture and other movies was not needed even if it was almost required by the viewing audience. What many people will see as a cool and funny line, I just find cheesy. And that is indicative of the story and writing as a whole. The story is almost non-existent and the writing is pretty terrible too. But, as I said, it's a mindless "blow everything to hell" movie so the story is very secondary.
There really isn't anything more to say than that. Acting and writing are pretty bad, but the action is very good. It's exactly what you expect and, with that, it entertains. So turn your brain off and see it.