New Trailer for The Expendables 2 Is Exactly the Action-Filled Spectacle You Wanted
05.03.12 by Ryan
There was a good reason 2010's The Expendables went on to earn $274 million worldwide: The movie harkened back to the testosterone-fueled action movies of the 1980s and '90s, with actor-writer-director Sylvester Stallone gathering several action stars from that era and putting them into one movie.
As is customary in sequels, the ante has been upped for The Expendables 2, with Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews all returning as the Expendables mercenary team. The sequel brings back Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in expanded roles as rival merc Trent Hauser and the mysterious Mr. Church, respectively, and it also adds other recognizable action stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme as the sequel's villain and Chuck Norris in a still-unspecified role. Then there's the sequel's youth infusion, with Liam Hemsworth as sniper Billy the Kid and Yu Nan as the only female Expendable, Maggie.
The plot? The Expendables gather together to seek revenge over their fallen comrade and to keep six tons of weapons-grade plutonium from falling into the wrong blah blah blah... Does it matter? Things blow up, action movie punch lines are said, Statham fights off a room full of guys with only a knife, a motorcycle takes out a helicopter, Willis and Schwarzenegger fight side-by-side, and Stallone and Van Damme punch each other. What else do you need? If plot is what audiences are worried about, they probably aren't interested in The Expendables 2 anyway.
For those that enjoy action-filled spectacles, IGN has released the sequel's first trailer, after a trailer teaser showed off a few choice snippets of action earlier this week.
Co-written by Stallone, Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys), and David Agosto, The Expendables 2 was directed by Simon West (Con Air).