This Friday sees the release of the muscle-tastic “Expendables 2,” which reunites pretty much every action hero ever in the ultimate revenge rampage.
Starring (deep breath!) Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth and Bruce Willis, the Expendables reconvene on a mission to Bulgaria to stop Jean Vilain (Jean Claude Van Damme) from selling plutonium.
The film is a sequel to the 2010 hit, which went on to gross over $274 million worldwide. Will ‘Expendables 2′ have the same luck? Maybe. But for now, let’s take a look at what the critics are saying about this weekend’s action-packed flick.
Nick Pinkerton (Village Voice)
Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary’s trade <a href=”http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-08-15/film/the-expendables-2-film-review/” target=”_hplink”>ever been so overt?</a>
Justin Lowe (Hollywood Reporter)
Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with <a href=”http://www.hollywoodreporter.com//review/expendables-2-sylvester-stallone-bruce-willis-schwarzenegger-361161″ target=”_hplink”>more than just nonstop action</a>.
Justin Chang (Variety)
Redundant, bombastic and cheekily self-aware, “The Expendables 2″ is <a href=”http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948048/” target=”_hplink”>also savvy enough to supply its own auto-critique</a>.
Katey Rich (CinemaBlend)
“The Expendables 2″ isn’t nearly clever enough to operate as an actual action movie as well as a parody of one, <a href=”http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/The-Expendables-2-5971.html” target=”_hplink”>but it is a good amount of fun</a>.
Alison Willmore (Movieline)
Whatever throwback charm the first film had has been utterly “Snakes on a Plane”-d by this sequel, which from the start is far more pleased with itself than<a href=”http://movieline.com/2012/08/15/expendables-2-review-stallone-van-damme-schwarzenegger-willis/” target=”_hplink”> audience members are ever given a chance to be</a>.
John Semley (Slant Magazine)
It plays out like a series wet-dream scenarios, performed by a cast of vintage action figures battered and broken from overuse, <a href=”http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/the-expendables-2/6451″ target=”_hplink”>bleached and slightly molted from sitting in the sun too long</a>.
Dave Calhoun (Time Out)
If someone told you that the negative was found on the shelf of a studio that went bankrupt in 1991, <a href=”http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/90521/the-expendables-2.html” target=”_hplink”>you’d most likely believe them</a>.
Rene Rodriguez (Miami Herald)
Chuck Norris is also in this movie, although you should know that he gets roughly five minutes of screen time, <a href=”http://www.miami.com/039the-expendables-2039-r-article” target=”_hplink”>half of those devoted to his telling of a Chuck Norris joke</a>.
Nick De Semlyen (Empire Magazine)
A huge, <a href=”http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137367″ target=”_hplink”>bulging disappointment</a>.
Todd Gilchrist (The Playlist)
“The Expendables 2″ <a href=”http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-jean-claude-van-damme-shines-in-the-dumb-indispensable-entertainment-of-expendables-2-20120814″ target=”_hplink”>is a fun roundup of action stars</a> who simultaneously celebrate and send up their former glories.