'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.
For a man fresh out of public office, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a busy man and for a man whose career was dead in the water less than a decade ago, Sylvester Stallone is thriving. Although these two icons will soon meet face-to-face in 'The Expendables 2' (we're not counting Arnie's blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo in part one), action fans should be happy to know that this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. After all, the two of them are starring in a film called 'The Tomb' together. And hey, there's the first image of the two of them in character!
Back when Sylvester Stallone first floated the idea of getting the gang back together for ‘The Expendables 2,' fans took to the Internet to complain that Lionsgate would try and water down the gratuitous violence to achieve an audience-friendly PG-13 rating. Well, put your minds at ease, gore-heads, for the upcoming ‘The Expendables 2’ officially has received an R rating from the MPAA. Want to know what it did to earn such a rating?