I have been chomping at the bit to get this review done because I couldn’t wait to tell the world how rad G.I. Joe Retaliation was. Especially considering just how long we’ve been waiting for this film to come out. Originally slated to come out last summer, it was then pulled and re-scheduled for Spring. I’m not really sure why, although I think I remember reading something about re-shoots. That normally doesn’t bode very well for films, but sometimes things turn out OK. Anyway, I also vaguely remember reading something about them expanding Channing Tatum’s role, because he reprises his role of Duke from the first G.I. Joe film. Regardless of the reason, I distinctly remember being kind of pissed that the studio was postponing the release a whopping 6 months or so. I hate it when they do that. Anyway, this past Friday finally saw the release of the latest actioner starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do people really still call him “The Rock”? Do I need to include that moniker? Doesn’t really matter anyway, because this….this is all about the movie at hand. It’s a rare occasion where I actually go see a film on opening day mainly because I work all day on Friday’s and am normally too tired to hit up the cinema afterwards. However, knowing that this was going to be an explosive affair (and knowing is after all, half the battle), I had to go THAT NIGHT! So I did. Was it worth the wait? Did the delay in release hurt or help the film overall?
I guess it’s only fitting that as I write this I’m currently watching Rocky IV. I didn’t plan it, but rather got sucked into a Rocky marathon. Anyway, I only bring it up because of Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren. You know, the two guys that are also in the gratuitous action porn, Expendables 2. When the first film came out a couple of years ago, I don’t think my excitement could have been measured. I mean seriously, here was a film that offered me most of the action heroes of my youth. All in one movie no less. How could I NOT love it right? I wasn’t the only one who didn’t care that the story wasn’t great and that it was riddled with bad dialogue because it made enough money to warrant a sequel. And this time it’s got even more action heroes! Hell yes I was going on opening day!
Hello you. The talk this week has been all about Magic Mike (which starts today), the new trailer for Rian Johnson’s film Looper that stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Comic-Con, which is just a few short weeks away. Magic Mike I’ll be seeing tonight so look for a review in the next few days. The trailer for Looper I haven’t posted because I’ve heard it’s rather spoiler-y and I refuse to watch it because I want to go in blind on this film. And Comic-Con, well, I will not be going and am once again upset by that fact. One of these years I’ll make it down to San Diego. There are loads of good stuff going on this year and the program guide is now available. And just a side note….if anyone is planning on going to the Lost Girl panel let me know. Would love to post pics and a write-up about it…just sayin’…. With that, here’s the latest and greatest.
Ok…so two years ago when The Expendables came out I’ll admit, I was beside myself. Yes, I squealed with glee when I watched the trailer and saw the cast that Sylvester Stallone gathered for the film. Of course at the time everyone was asking the same questions. Where’s Van Damme? Where’s Seagal? And the most important of questions: where’s Norris? The question , it turns out, would be answered with the sequel, aptly titled, The Expendables 2. This time around Jean Claude Van Damm AND Chuck Norris are both present. Still no Steven Seagal but that could be a good thing. What with his show True Justice and all but I’ll address that mess in another post. We’re here to talk about the testosterone filled sequel to 2010′s massively popular action film.
Yes, I know I’m a bit behind the 8-ball with this film. Unfortunately RED came out while I was in the midst of an unavoidable theater sabbatical so I missed it. Lucky for me there’s this handy little invention (that I wished I created but that’s for another post) called Redbox that had it and I was able to watch it yesterday.