Steen: Expendables 2 a laugh

Apart from the fact that these guys have had major face lifts, they can still heap on the one-liners.

The Expendables 2

The Expendables are reunited, this time for an “easy assignment.”  Easy until one of them is murdered.

What ensues is a kill fest, the likes of which, is seldom seen. To say this was bloody, gory and violent is a huge understatement, but before you give this one a miss, it’s also a film of laughter, heartache, and heart—odd, I know, but it’s all there.

There’s a joke going around that the only actor not in this one is Matt Damon.

Sylvester Stallone (who wrote the screen play), Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth (from The Hunger Games) are the merry band of misfit guns for hire who go on a mission to avenge the death of their buddy and save the world at the same time.

There’s another joke going around that the only thing Chuck Norris can’t do is act, but that’s just mean.

Apart from the fact that these guys have had major face lifts, they can still heap on the one-liners and (likely due to body doubles), give us a good action flick.

And there were a lot of funny lines, for example, one of the guys looks at an old relic of a plane they are about to fly and says: “This thing should be in a museum.” to which Schwarzenegger says “So should we.”

I liked this one, directed by Simon West who did Night of the Living Dead and Black Hawk Down.

I give it 3 1/2 reels.


Safety Not Guaranteed

I also saw Safety Not Guaranteed, a quirky film about an equally quirky guy who wants to travel back I time.  It’s an odd little movie that has its moments and a great ending. Definitely not for the mainstream audience but its kooky enough to please those who are looking for something different.

I give it 2 1/2 reels.

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