What is The Expendables’ craze all about: Is it about Hollywood’s super duper Men of Steel sharing the silver screen with each other?
If yes, Expendables 2 surely tops the chart. Just take your pick Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth. Or is it about seeing the same Men of Steel doing what they do best – action, action and action? If yes, rest assured, Expendables 2 delivers more dhamaka in comparison to its prequel.
In fact in The Expendables 2 (Biet Doi Danh Thue 2), no sooner does the camera start rolling do you find your heroes running between tanks, explosions, bikes, through jungles…. On the other hand, the very last scene can have any action buff asking for more Slyvester and Jean-Claude keep their guns aside and choose to fight the fist-and-foot way. And what lies between the beginning and the end? A storyline, a wee bit better than the Expendables, but definitely not cutting edge.
A word about performances. It’s Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham who are primarily seen calling the shots … with ease. Up next is the new kid on the block. Liam Hemsworth. Who does manage to fit in pretty well with the action heroes of yore. As for Bruce Willis and Arnold, we do get to see a bit more of them. Though you are once again left wondering why they are not a part of all that action-reaction stuff. Lastly, what really disappoints is the is-he-even-there Jet Li (Ly Lien Kiet) and why is he even there Chuck Norris.
But all set aside, it’s these bunch of cronies, trapped in the orgy of death and destruction, making up for all that misses… And of course hits. Time to settle down for some vintage bang-bang stuff!