The Expendables 2: Welcome to Con Air 2.0

by Ethan Alter August 17, 2012 6:00 am
<I>The Expendables 2</i>: Welcome to <i>Con Air</i> 2.0

Let's be honest: once you got past the vicarious thrill of seeing all of the major action icons from your '80s and early '90s childhood sharing the screen, The Expendables was a lousy movie. A passion project for writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone -- who threw his body, soul and bank account into the film, even severely injuring himself in the line of duty (check out the pretty good feature-length making-of documentary Inferno, available on Netflix Instant, for the full story) -- the finished film turned out to be monotonous, poorly choreographed and self-serious to the point of parody. Still, the tug of nostalgia proved too strong for most moviegoers and The Expendables became a legitimate late-summer hit, making a sequel inevitable if not exactly demanded. So here comes The Expendables 2, which, if you're judging a movie by its plot, characterizations and internal logic (you know, the little things), is also pretty lousy. Unlike its predecessor though, this one recognizes its inherent stupidity and goes all-in on being the loudest, dumbest and most comically preposterous action movie of the summer. It's even more of a cartoon than that mid-'80s Rambo animated series... and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

by Ethan Alter November 20, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Get your jungle boogie on with an eight-film Tarantino retrospective.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

by Ethan Alter December 13, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where apes? There apes!

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