‘Expendables 2’ is funny in its own way

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By Owen Bradbury Aranda

The tough guys are back with guns-a-blazing and a whole lot of attitude. “The Expendables 2” is one of those movies you don’t go and see because of its stellar acting, compelling story or technical achievements. 

It’s simply one of those movies you go and watch for the fun of it. The movie starts almost instantly with a ridiculous intro. scene, featuring the cast shooting up some bad guys in a third-world Asian country, while riding in some ludicrous war machines bristling with weaponry. 

The tough guys make their exit from the intro., flying out of a massive fireball in their HU-16 albatross. This is a movie for people who don’t care about stories, but only giant explosions and big guns. “The Expendables 2,” unlike its predecessor, “The Expendables,” is far better and more entertaining, simply because it doesn’t take itself seriously. 

The insanely over-the-top violence, crazy special effects and very limited cast vocabulary makes this film more of a comedy than an action movie. The star-studded cast becomes even more ridiculous than before, with the addition of Arnold Schwarzenegger and none other than Chuck Norris. The dialogues between some of the characters are so hard to understand that they should have considered using subtitles. 

Sylvester Stallone’s and Schwarzenegger’s conversations are usually limited to no more than a few syllables. Here’s an example of one such exchange: 

Stallone: “Duuh brruh uuuh.”

Schwarzenegger: “Yaayl ayed yaal.”

The Expendables franchise is actually very similar to The Avengers, (a star-studded superhero movie) in the way that it takes everybody’s favorite tough guys and puts them all together in a world where violence is the key. 

If you want a synopsis, it’s pretty much summed up in the trailer when Stallone says, “Track ’em, find ’em, kill ’em.” That’s basically it … pretty intellectual stuff. 

But anyway, you probably want to know, is it a good movie? The answer is simple: No it’s not, but it’s certainly worth watching if you want to have a good laugh (as long as you don’t mind tons of blood and gore).

 Overall, the film is very entertaining and due to the fact that it is aware of its own ridiculousness, it is much better than its predecessor.