A-list of ac­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

loaded with age­ing ac­tion stars flex­ing and fight­ing in a blaze of bullets and ear-split­ting ex­plo­sions – The Ex­pend­ables 2 is a rau­cous, rol­lick­ing movie ride. It’s all good, testos­terone-fu­elled fun as Sylvester Stal­lone leads a wise­crack­ing crew of mer­ce­nar­ies, whose ranks in­clude Ja­son Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lund­gren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Wil­lis, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Chuck Nor­ris. The ex­cep­tion to the rule is, of course, Liam Hemsworth, who plays new re­cruit Bill the Kid. ‘‘Ev­ery­one’s try­ing to stand in front of each other, so it’s a bit of fight­ing for the cam­era,’’ Statham says. Re­venge is the mo­ti­vat­ing force as the team ex­acts pay­back for the death of one of its own. Statham says mixed mar­tial arts cham­pion Randy Cou­ture emerges as the tough­est of the tough guys. ‘‘He’s the real deal,’’ he says. ‘‘He could wipe the floor with al­most any­one there and all at the same time.’’ Of­ten de­scribed as the ac­tion odd cou­ple, Statham shares an easy on-screen ban­ter and off-screen friend­ship with Stal­lone. ‘‘He’s very much a com­i­cal chap,’’ Statham says. ‘‘It’s just in his DNA to be funny.’’ Stal­lone and Richard Wenk’s script is pep­pered with self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour. In one clas­sic ex­change, Stal­lone looks at an old plane and says: ‘‘That thing be­longs in a mu­seum.’’ Sch­warzeneg­ger looks at Wil­lis and quips: ‘‘We all do.’’

opens to­day.

Terry Crews, Sylvester Stal­lone, Randy Cou­ture and Dolph Lund­gren re­turn.

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