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!
Ok, so I know that the title doesn’t really entice people to keep reading but I believe in being honest with my readers. I refuse to title something one way and then take it in a completely different direction. So straight up, this is a compilation of really terrible 80′s action flicks. What triggered this you ask? Well, first and foremost is the release of The Expendables 2. I’ll be honest and say that I loved, loved, loved the first one. Not because it was a great movie, but because it had all those guys I grew up watching, in one film, blowing shit up. Add all that with even more of the actors I grew up watching, blowing shit up together AND kicking each other’s asses? SOLD….to gal with the red, Bon Jovi-ish hair!
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.
When I first started Reel Goddess I looked upon it as a medium for me to watch older films that I hadn’t previously seen so that I could write about them. Once I started getting into the habit of writing everyday I thought of other ways I utilize the site in regards to film. Then I came up with the brilliant…and I mean utterly brilliant idea of watching all three versions of The Punisher films. I had previously seen the first and second iterations, so I already knew what I was getting myself into. I have no idea why I chose this particular series. I suppose you could call it a form of self punishment.