No franchise has ever packed action stars into one film like The Expendables: Stallone, Statham, Willis, Schwarzenegger and almost everyone else conceivable. So with even more hotshot heroes, explosions, guns, and ass-kicking, does the sequel deliver on the thrills?
Well, as Peter Travers notes, Stallone isn’t directing this one, so “it’s not as completely visually incoherent” as the first. But new director Simon West raises the silliness stakes. “This has rampant stupidity and all kinds of insane lines,” says Travers. Storyline, naturally, becomes an issue. “I’d tell you what the mission was, but it’s just too stupid. I can’t even begin to tell you what it is,” Travers notes.