December 22, 2012

Quick Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)
Before we get into our end of the year awards lists, let's take a few minutes to at least offer a paragraph or two on some of the movies that we never got around to writing about, and that deserve to have a few words spoken about them.

The Expendables 2 is nothing more than shameless, unapologetic fun. It knows that its strengths don't lie in deep storytelling, brilliant acting, or even reality, and it doesn't care.

This movie (and its predecessor) exists to bring an ensemble of big action movie stars together, both past and present, and let them shoot things, stab things, and blow things up.

How can we not love that?

Two of these men are grandfathers.
This year Hollywood offered action fans such underwhelming clunkers as Battleship, John Carter, Contraband, Lockout, Men in Black 3, Premium Rush, Total Recall and Red Dawn, all of which failed to deliver the goods. They were over-budgeted, over-blown, over-serious movies that just didn't work, all on different levels.

The Expendables works because it knows it's not very good, but it knows that it doesn't have to be good to be incredibly fun... and fun it was.

Chuck Norris will save us all.
We need more "it's not supposed to be good!" types of flicks in our Summer movie going lives, and the Expendables franchise fits the bill perfectly.


These ladies are anything but expendable...

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