Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis star in the latest Expendables 2 trailer

Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in The Expendables 2

It’s easy to knock THE EXPENDABLES 2 for a variety of reasons, most notably for being an overhyped collection of aging action heroes stumbling through a film with zero plot. But although that may all be true, I’m of the mindset that I actually respect the film because it knows what it is.  Sylvester Stallone isn’t trying to sell this as CITIZEN KANE, he knows that the fans just want to see their favorite action heroes shoot big guns and blow stuff up, and that’s exactly what he’s giving them.  Look no further than the third trailer for the film, which clocks in at barely a minute long, but that’s all the time you need to show a couple of one-liners (“you’re terminated” being the best/worst of them) and to give you a rundown of all the action stars participating in the film.  What else do you need to know?  Don’t pretend like you care about the plot.  And is it just me, or does Arnold Schwarzenegger look out of place in the film?  I’m not sure what it is, but in all the trailers, he just doesn’t look like he belongs.  Although you could make the argument that in his day, he was the biggest star of them all.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yu Nan and Chuck Norris.  I’m sure there’s at least one or two stars in there that you’d still  pay to see and that was probably the mindset Sylvester Stallone and company had when putting the cast together.  And when this is all done, can we get a movie of just Jet Li and Van Damme?  I’d like to see them square off against each other.  THE EXPENDABLES 2 opens everywhere on August 17th, 2012.

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