Reelz Recommends: An Explosive, Throwback Action Movie That Delivers Coming Soon on DVD/Blu-ray
11.14.12 by BJSprecher
"I'm gonna fight like a man and I'm gonna make you man up."
Experience your childhood fantasy of seeing all of your favorite he-man action heroes of yesteryear bashing brains, exchanging quips and blowing things up in one bombastic movie...again.
The Flick: The Expendables 2
The Skinny: Sylvester Stallone returns with another testoserone-fueled ode to classic action movies, co-writing the sequel to The Expendables with Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), but passing off directing duties to Simon West (Con Air). The movie, shot over 14 weeks in Bulgaria, Hong Kong and New Orleans, cost $100 million, the life of a stuntman, and untold environmental damage.
The Players: The Expendables — Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), and new recruit Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) — are forced to accept a mission in Albania from CIA operative Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), but they are ambushed by rival mercenary Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and his merc group, the Sangs, leaving them with one dead member and an enemy in control of five tons of refined plutonium. With the help of a few "friends," the team sets out to recover the plutonium and extract revenge from Vilain and the Sangs. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yu Nan, Scott Adkins, Charisma Carpenter and Chuck Norris also star.
The Goodies: The Expendables 2 debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on November 20th. The combo pack includes a digital copy, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and several featurettes, including "Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes" and "Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film."