Daily Archives: 18 August, 2012
Stallone eventually nails it in his follow up of what was touted to be a second round of the same old buffed up heroes of the yesteryear teaming up more to flex their rippling muscles and have a ball rather than tell a story. The first thing he got right is have Simon West direct it rather than himself. The homage to the 80′s – 90′s flavored action sequences are not only shameless but are taut with adequate dosage of gung ho and mastery over testosterone, garnished with pitch perfect humour between Statham, Li, Lundgren, Schwarzenegger, Willis & Stallone. Keeping in mind these lads are masters at kicking butt, its a task that must have been a lot more difficult to achieve than anyone else would make you believe.
Please do not go expecting state of the art CGI action and a compelling story line. They are not there. But what makes this gun slinger tick is its right balance of absolute mayhem and unabashed attempt to relive the fantasies of the bare knuckles and blown out heads that you and I have grown up watching. There is no dull moment in this one, decimating enemies at a feverish pace adding on to the unsurpassable number of body bags. The new entries in the likes of Chuck Norris & Vandamm do wonders to leave a rather warm aftertaste you may even attempt to try devouring more than once. Arnold has more lines this time and makes no two bones about his age and the notority of how misplaced he thinks he is in the scheme of things. There are plenty of quotable phrases from box office hits of their yore thrown along the screenplay that not only adds to the sarcasm quotient but also fits like a glove. I’ll not spoil those for the interested patrons.
Do yourself a favour. Buy a ticket to “The Expendables” this weekend and ensure you leave your narcissistically critical mind outside. The chances are you would have spent a rather enjoyable (may be the best) 102 minutes at the cinema in a very long time. To me it was one hell of a ride from start to finish punctuated with several moments where I’d giggle uncontrollably.
Ogre Scores : 9/10
For the one’s who’d been living under a rock, here’s the trailer: