Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)

What is it about? 

After a mission to settle a previous debt goes awry with the murder of one of their own, the group must now avenge the death of their fallen comrade. 

Who is in it?

Sylvester Stallone - Barney Ross

Jason Statham - Lee Christmas

Jean-Claude Van Damme - Vilain

Favorite Scene: 

After retrieving the code on the original mission, the group comes face to face with Vilain and his troops, who eventually steal the code and kill Billy. 

Favorite Quote:


Barney Ross: [seeing their new plane] That thing belongs in a museum. 
Trench: We all do. 

Review:

After watching the Expendables 2, I'm still not sure what I just saw. There was lots of shooting - lots and lots of shooting and explosions - blood, action, and tons of cheesy lines. However, while those are vital ingredients for a great action movie, the Expendables followed the same lackadaisical writing and development as the first one (Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Expendables -2010) and provided a very underwhelming plot. 

For a film on it's second leg, we have absolutely no idea who any of the characters are, and really, what the group does. Are they mercenaries? Are they rogues? What is their purpose? Heck, we barely know their names. Don't be surprised if you end up calling them by their real names. 

Also, the action scenes are so over-the-top with constant gun fire to the point where it becomes desensitizing to see someone die. We know in these movies that the good guys win, but at least deliver a plot line of some type of resistance that forces us to get behind the protagonists. 

As for the dialogue, the cheap references to the former action movies the stars have been in gets old and cheesy very fast. Either you play the action characters, or a new one for the franchise. The in-between stuff really gets confusing and hurts the product. 

All in all, there is so much potential in this series. So many possibilities of making something memorable. Instead, Stallone and his writing crew have settled for cheap nostalgic project with tons of star power and absolutely no depth. 

Expendables 2 is better than the first one for sure, but if you saw the original, that's not saying much. 

Recommended if you want a good "bad" movie to watch, or you're absolutely intrigued. 

Review: 1.75/5

Recently Read Posts

Impact Wrestling Emergence 2022 Review: "...Just Solid - So Freakin' Solid."

It probably won't come as a shock to anyone who follows this blog that I will say the following statement: Impact Wrestling may just be the most consistently entertaining and fresh - very important adjective here! - wrestling product that I've engaged with over the past two years. It's just always there, as solid as it can be. No real highs, or lows that push me away as a fan - just good, consistent, thorough, solid pro wrestling enjoyment.  Now, make no mistake about it, over the past summer, I found myself a whopping thirteen weeks behind this solid product in favor of the still new (and intriguing) AEW product and my on-again-off-again hope in the WWE due to nostalgia. However, trusty-work-from-home days have allowed me to binge watch (and work, of course) and it certainly opened my eyes to a new experience when it came to wrestling. Removal from the episodic style habit, and the feel of episodes bridging together seamlessly.  Also, remove from the internet culture of we

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/7/17

3 Up 1. Captured Girls Return - The evil that is the gross, disgusting, group that is Boko Haram released 82 of the 300-plus they kidnapped over a year ago. Many are still missing, but giving these girls a chance at life away from the clutches of this group deserves the plus this week.  2. Dear White People - I got around to checking out this show on Netflix and boy was I happy to do so. DWP is VERY thought provoking, truthful, honest, authentic, and yes, very funny. And it's a great show, visually. Can't wait for season two.  3. LeBron James - Because most of us are just waiting for the eventual Cavs/Warriors NBA Finals, we're losing sight of really how awesome LeBron James is. The dude really is the difference maker in this league. It's quite astonishing to think about. The Cavs are rolling, and he's just toying with opponents.  3 Down 1. Trumpcare - Look, I'm not going into this full on. But it just seems to me that this administration is

Bound For Glory 2020 Review - If A Tree Falls And No One Hears It...

Television in 2020 has been weird. Check that. It's super weird.  In a year marred by pandemics, death, catastrophe, and overwhelming heartbreak, the viewing habits of everything in entertainment has changed - wrestling included. Ratings are down. No one respects appointment television - and heck, there is even less need for the idea of watching content through said television. Where am I going with this on a Wrestling pay-per-view review? Come on, get to the point, bro!  I haven't been shy in communicating my severe disappointment in professional wrestling (namely WWE) during this pandemic ( Pro Wrestling in COVID Times ). When many entertainment options were off the table, most notably that of sports, pro wrestling had an extreme opportunity to give fans something different, and even capture casual fans.  Unfortunately, they didn't. And a large part of my growing disinterest with pro wrestling has been because of the WWE, and to a much lesser extent, AEW. 

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

What is it about?  A group of college baseball players navigate their way through college, taking advantage of their personal freedoms and learning to navigate their sudden unsupervised life in the 1980's.  Who is in it? Blake Jenner - Jake Tyler Hoechin - McReynolds Ryan Guzman - Roper Glenn Powell - Finnegan