‘The Expendables 2′ – What Did You Think?

The summer of 2012 — a summer that turned out to be rather a mixed bag, as so many hotly-anticipated movie seasons tend to — ends with a bang, or at least an explosion. The Expendables 2 is the Simon West-directed sequel to the Sylvester Stallone film that crammed together a whole bunch of aging action stars in one film.

For the sequel the roster has expanded, with Chuck Norris showing up, Jean-Claude Van Damme as the bad guy (and getting some of the best notes in reviews so far) and expanded roles for Bruce Willis and the post-political Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some of the action looks great, much of the script looks silly, and the guys are all ripped and grimacing, for most of the time, at least.

So how did The Expendables 2 turn out? Germain enjoyed it, with his review highlighting both the silliness and the fact that the film, unlike the first one, does most of what it promises. We’d like to know what you think, too. So sound off after the break, where spoiler comments are encouraged. Read More »

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The Expendables 2 delivers on every single insane promise you can imagine. It is loud, stupid, funny, and filled with lots of over the top action. It lets some of the world’s most famous action actors chew the same pieces of scenery. The first film did some of that, but was mostly just boring, getting caught up in a bland story. In this sequel, directed by Simon West (Con Air), there’s definitely some of that bland story, and the dialogue is much worse than that of the first film. But when that is juxtaposed with gory, boisterous action set pieces that include exploding heads, flying knives, plane crashes, boat crashes and guns of all shapes and sizes, it’s forgivable and fun.

Adding to the success is a cast that’s even better this time around, as Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme join the already awesome line-up of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Randy Couture. Oh, and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s roles are expanded this time too. West hasn’t reinvented the wheel with The Expendables 2, he’s just shined it up real nice, put spikes and skulls on it and rolled it through the mud. So far, it’s the best action film of the year. Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits is full of fighters, whether they be well-meaning brutes, cuddly panda bears, starving teenagers, or ’80s action stars. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Lawrence will make a whole lot of money for Catching Fire
  • Mickey Rourke is in talks to reprise play Marv again for Sin City 2
  • DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Chinese co-production
  • Broken Lizard guy says Super Troopers 2 could shoot this year
  • Expendables 2 brings you a motorcycle crashing into a chopper
  • Frank Marshall still has no plans for more Back to the Future

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:

  • Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
  • Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
  • Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
  • Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
  • A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2

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Some sequels are happening, others might not, and there’s even one you can potentially be a part of in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.

  • Producer Frank Marshall thinks Jurassic Park IV will be in theaters by 2014.
  • A fifth Bourne film would definitely follow Jeremy Renner‘s character.
  • Join the cast of The Expendables 2 with a new iPhone app.
  • Ben Stiller seems pessimistic about Zoolander 2.

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That’s a new banner for The Expendables 2, above, and it does just about as good a job as it could possibly do informing audiences of who is in the film. Click for a larger version, and break out the measurement tools to check out the photoshop work that seems to have re-sized a few of the heads. I wonder if those with a proper head-to-body proportion got paid more? Probably. That could be a good new metric for evaluating movie posters.

In addition to that, after the break you’ll find:

  • Trivia about Donnie Yen passing on The Expendables 2
  • Jack O’Connell joins the 300 prequel/sequel
  • Alex Garland considers two sequels to Dredd
  • A few basic set photos have hit from Mad Max: Fury Road
  • and we’ve got three new TV spots and a poster for The Bourne Legacy.

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That’s a new still from Riddick, above, which was recently shared by Vin Diesel. In addition to that, this Sequel Bits features the following stories:

  • Casino Royale title designer comes back to open Skyfall
  • Sly Stallone gets happy in a clip from The Expendables 2
  • Captain America 2 may follow Iron Man 3 to North Carolina
  • and Katy Perry wants to be one of Ridley Scott’s replicants.

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Something about this pre-holiday week has set sequel news on fire, and there are news bites about sequels of just about every possible variation. In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Oops, CBS reported a Big Lebowski sequel that does not, and will not exist
  • The Expendables 2 gets a tie-in video game
  • Think Like a Man gets a follow-up movie
  • The Bourne Legacy producer hopes the next installment might bring together Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner
  • Todd Phillips says the third Hangover is really the last
  • Peter Berg doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hancock 2 just yet.

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