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I never liked the first Expendables movie, and I even watched the Unrated version of it. For an action flick I remember being extraordinarily bored by it. Now the sequel was a major improvement. I could easily re-watch it countless times, and then the trepidation came back when I heard Stallone and gang were going to do another. Rule of thumb for any ranchise is that the first is good, the second one is better and the third one sucks. Well, they already trashed that rule from the get go so maybe the third wouldn’t suck. Still, for some reason, I was expecting a bad movie. But, all that was for naught, I saw it last night and it was incredible, dare I say better than the previous one.
As an avid movie watcher and collector, I consider myself lucky to have been alive in the 80s, for that era was not only noteworthy for seeing the rise of the slasher film but also the rise of the action hero movie. Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jeff Speakman, and Bruce Willis all came to fame in this decade, playing hard to kill heroes who were adept in gunplay and stylized fighting. Yet, none were more famous, or bigger (literally), than Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both were muscled beyond belief and capable of killing large amounts of bad guys with their equally muscled guns.
It’s a shame, though, none of them were able to pair up in a film. I’m sure Tango And Cash (1989) would have been even more noteworthy had Schwarzenegger been Stallone’s partner. Well, here we are in 2014 and most of these guys are still doing action movies despite their advancing ages. Some are more successful at it than others and some have completely retired altogether (i.e. Chuck Norris). I was incredibly disappointed when Schwarzenegger decided to go into politics, but then again his movies around that time were lackluster to say the least. On the opposite edge of the spectrum once his governorship was over I was excited and admittedly more than a bit leery when with he decided to get back into the movie business.