New on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week, old-pro action with 'The Expendables 2,' Quentin Tarantino goes over-the-top, and some gret overlooked movies arrive on streaming.
The Expendables 2
How do you know that the summer movie season is officially done? Check the box office and if it looks like this weekend, it's over. The months of massive openings and long legs are over. Welcome to the doldrums that are late August and September.
Sorry, 'Premium Rush.' You never had a chance.
Although they differ in style and tone in every way imaginable, 'The Expendables 2' and 'The Bourne Legacy' are both action movies and they share the same audience (people who like watching people beat up other people). The slick, modern 'The Bourne Legacy' was last week's box office champion, so everyone was wondering if its success would cut into the opening of the brawny, '80s throwback that is 'The Expendables 2.' Or vice versa. Well, the numbers are in...
A classic action film needs a classic villain, so for the second installment in his ‘Expendables’ franchise, Sylvester Stallone invited an iconic figure from the beloved ‘80s and ‘90s action films he is referring, Jean-Claude Van Damme, to join the fun as the central antagonist.
Fans of Sylvester Stallone’s shout-out to the beloved actioneers of the '80s and '90s, ‘The Expendables’, will remember Dolph Lundgren’s Gunnar Jensen as the good guy gone bad…and completely insane.
For the second installment in the franchise, 'The Expendables 2', Jensen’s crazy gets a bit more cuddly and a whole lot more interesting. Stallone incorporated an element from Lundgren’s own life into the story that revitalizes and expands Jenson’s role in the ‘Expendables’ universe.
'The Expendables 2' -- the sequel to superstar actioner 'The Expendables' -- is not so much the celebration of insane, red-blooded violence and testosterone that feeds the nostalgia of the golden age of action films as it is a sobering display of aging action stars struggling to maintain relevancy in the age of computer-generated effects and the influence of Michael Bay.
Though 'The Expendables 3' isn't a given yet, virtually every action star from our collective youth shows up in ‘The Expendables 2.’ Planet Hollywood partners Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger are present. Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme get in on the fun this time around. They join contemporary butt-kickers Jet Li and Jason Statham. If they were to move ahead with 'The Expendables 3' we have a short list of action icons we’d hope to see on screen alongside this cavalcade of macho talent – and from what we hear, four such grizzled veterans might be ready for their glorified cameos.