Looking for an action flick overflowing with beefy stars who are not wearing shiny costumes or multi-colored unitards - but instead, craggy-faced and armed to the teeth? Then you will definitely want to check out today's full-length theatrical promo for The Expendables 2, following yesterday's trailer preview (as was hosted by a yelling, crotch-grabbing Terry Crews).
After a straightforward teaser trailer that showcased the Expendables sequel's legendary manly cast, we now have a better taste of what explosive (in all meanings of the term) material the film will serve up, now that Sylvester Stallone has handed over directing duties to Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).
One of the first things that jumps out about this Expendables 2 trailer (for this writer) is how much better the action scenes look, in terms of camerawork and editing. West may not have a perfect track record as a director, but he knows how to stage a good set piece, as evidenced by the loads of cleanly-shot... er, shoot-outs, explosions, crashing planes - and the brief glimpse of a fistfight between Stallone and new addition Jean-Claude Van Damme - in this footage.
If nothing else, Expendables 2 has already one-upped its predecessor by remembering to include a bit where Arnold Schwarzenegger gets to mutter his calling card one-liner. (As though we even have to mention what it is...)
There's no real hint of the storyline for Expendables 2, wherein the titular team of mercenaries head out to avenge the death of someone in their party - but that's to be expected. Marketing for a movie like this is all about the flash and spectacle, regardless of how much viewers eventually (or are expected to) become invested in the characters and plot, while watching the actual movie.
Overall, Expendables 2 looks to offer more tongue-in-cheek humor, ridiculous action sequences and an expanded cast of iconic cinematic badasses (now, with 100% more Chuck Norris) tearing up the screen - than offered in the first film. And really, those are the main things that'll guarantee butts in the theater when this flick arrives, right?
The Expendables 2 charges into theaters around the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.
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