The Expendables return with a vengeance in this follow-up to the 2010 surprise hit. CON AIR’s Simon West directed from a script by Sylvester Stallone and David Agosto. This time, Barney Ross (Stallone) and his merry band of mercentaries (including Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews) take on a mission from Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) to clear Ross’ record. The mission in question involves acquiring a black box from a downed airplane, with the caveat that they bring along Maggie (Yu Nan), a military-trained soldier who throws a gendered wrench into the team’s manly ranks. When another mercenary, Jean Vilain (Jean Claude Van Damme), ambushes the team and mess up their newest member (THE HUNGER GAMES’ Liam Hemsworth), it’s hunt and kill time for the Expendables. Jet Li returns in an extended cameo, as does Arnold Schwarzenegger, with fellow ’80s action star Chuck Norris coming along for the ride. UNDISPUTED III’s Scott Adkins co-stars as Vilain’s henchman, Hector.
4 stars out of 5 — “[T]his over-the-top sequel caters to the lowest common denominator in the best possible way, and it’s so fully committed to brainless bombast that it muscles audiences to applaud by sheer force of will.” (Box Office)
“Sylvester Stallone grasps the action-oriented DNA of the films’ badass cast of reprobate mercenaries with an intuition derived from dozens of genre roles.” (Hollywood Reporter)