You ever found yourself starting a diet but end up cheating a few weeks in by eating a box of chocolate frosted donuts? That is what watching Expendables 2 is like. You know they are fattening. You know they are bad for you. But for the brief time it takes you to scarf those donuts down, you’re in heaven.
The spectrum of action films usually breaks down like this: SMART. SMART FUN. FUN. DUMB FUN. OR JUST PLAIN DUMB. Expendables 2, like it’s predecessor, falls completely under the DUMB FUN category. It is a half a beat away from being a full on parody. And that is why you can’t be as mad with Expendables 2 as you can be with this or this.
1. Is the plot nonexistent? Yes.
2. Is the acting bad? Yes.
3. Is the action unrealistic? Yes.
4. Is Father Time catching up to most of the cast? Yes.
5. Do I like to list things? Yes.
Expendables 2, however, relies on it’s NOSTALGIA while giving enough winks at the camera to make sure we remember what it is. A dumb, yet, fun love letter to 80s guilty pleasure action films. If you’re under the age of 25, this sort of NOSTALGIA might not hold any relevance. But if you’re a child of the 80s and remember how awesome First Blood Part 2 was, or how joyfully insane Commandowas, or how over the top in a good way Bloodsport was, this is the box of donuts for you. Go ahead….cheat on your diet a little….then tell me I’m wrong.