Monday, January 7, 2013
With the baseball world going quiet and the Yankees making one uninteresting minor league deal after another, its time to focus our attention on the excitement of rental movies. And to that end, I want to put everyone onto the glory that is Expendables 2. Now, a few things need to be stated up front. First, if you're going into the Expendables 2 looking for in-depth character development, great dialogue, and an intricate plot, then you are missing the entire point of the movie. Expendables 2 much like the first one is an ode to 80's and early 90's action films: simple plots, bad guys you hate, good guys you love, and plenty of over-the-top action. To be sure, the fight sequences are not as developed as they were in the first Expendables, but this movie is really entertaining. The only regret I have is not watching it in the theaters. Seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, and Sylvester Stallone fighting against Jean Claude Van Damme and his small army is nothing short of brilliant. Speaking of Van Damme, he was a very believable villain (his characters name is Vilain!), and played the roll of the bad guy you have to hate perfectly. Expendables 2 is an enjoyable film. It's an old school action movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. They frequently make references to their roles in their former action movies and even include a Chuck Norris joke. If you grew up in the 80's watching action movies, you'll likely love this movie. The only thing I'm more excited about is Expendables 3 which is rumored to have Jackie Chan, Nicholas Cage, and Steven Seagall, and I'm hoping will bring back Mickey Rourke in a more relevant role (he was missing from this film). I'm also hoping Jet Li will have a more prominent role in the third film. He's had the best lines in these two movies, and in the sequel, he disappears from the movie after the opening action sequence. After watching it last night, I've decided I'm buying it! That should kill some time as I wait for this winter to pick up, or end and I can be interested by baseball news again.