Preview: The Expendables 2 (2012)


A group of washed up mercenaries are pulled back together again in this sequel to the hit action remake.

  • Poster: (C+) / C


(Nowhere near as creative as the poster for the first film, it nevertheless has all the elements that will appeal to its target demographic.)

Iconic figures of action's past. It will sell precisely to the demographic target and no further.

  • Trailer: D+ / D


No matter how well you appeal to your fanbase, nothing can counteract an intro piece with terrible acting and a roster of untalented pseudo-thespians selling their wares.

Testosterone. Bullets. Mayhem. Men. Watching this slightly bolstered edit of the first trailer, I'm struck by one interesting fact. There isn't a single female action hero among them. No, Angelina Jolie probably wouldn't have done it even if she didn't have a fairly big career, but with Jet Li present, I'm surprised they didn't try to expand to the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung. There's also no Jackie Chan, so I guess they can't have everything.

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Release Date:

  • August 17, 2012