December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

October 19, 2012

Expendables 2 (2012)

When it's over, don't expect much.  My advice would be to go into this film with low expectations. The marketing behind this film are the actors and nothing else.  Go see this film for the opportunity to see all the notable action stars of the 80's come together in one film. The old school action dudes may have inherited some wrinkles, but they're still in amazing shape, and they still know how to rock and roll with bigger guns, bigger knives, and bigger egos.  Too bad the storyline is small in comparison.  There are plenty of famous quips from the films that made the actors famous, particularly quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger and even a couple from Die Hard (1988) exchanged between Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.  Chuck Norris was a surprise, and the inclusion of Jean Claude Van Damme was a fitting villain up against Sylvester Stallone.  Liam Hemsworth was a pleasing new face, and even though Jason Statham wasn't an action hero in the 80's, he bonded perfectly with the boys.  Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews all return for another round of badass destruction.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


  1. Disappointed in this film in so many ways. Firstly, it's not easy seeing your childhood action heroes hobbling around on the screen pretending to be modern-day badasses. What sealed it for me was Chuck Norris' dentures... EGAD!! Secondly, the story was very weak. So weak in fact I can't remember the beginning or end of this movie. A waste of time.

    1. Yes, a waste of time, but not completely. I knew this going into the film. I did enjoy seeing the guys together. It would have been awesome if the story was better.