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The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

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Simon West

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Barney Ross
Jason Statham ... Lee Christmas
Jet Li ... Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren ... Gunner Jensen
Chuck Norris ... Booker
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Vilain
Bruce Willis ... Church
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Trench
Terry Crews ... Hale Caesar
Randy Couture ... Toll Road
Liam Hemsworth ... Billy The Kid
Scott Adkins ... Hector
Nan Yu ... Maggie
Amanda Ooms ... Pilar
Charisma Carpenter ... Lacy
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Storyline

Barney Ross is approached by CIA man Church, who wants him and his guns for hire to go to the former Soviet Union to retrieve something that was on a plane that crashed. Church doesn't tell him what he is getting. And Church sends a woman, Maggie with him to make sure he gets it. They find the plane and get the thing but some men take one of Barney's people hostage and the leader tells him to give him what they got or he'll kill his hostage. They give it to him but he kills his hostage anyway. Barney asks Maggie what was so important about that thing. She says that it showed the location of a Russian plutonium storage mine. Barney decides to track the man down and deal with him. They track them down and discover that the man they seek is Vilain who leads a group known as The Sangs and that they have taken all the men from the surrounding villages to work the mine. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | Lionsgate | See more »

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Expendables II See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,591,370, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$85,028,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$314,975,955
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Liam Hemsworth was originally cast in The Expendables (2010) but when the script was re-written, his role was cut out. He later got a call from Sylvester Stallone to be in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, The Expendables escape by climbing an electricity pylon (transmission tower) and zip wiring along the cables which are clearly shown to be live as indicated by sparks. On the DVD/Blu Ray Director's Commentary, Simon West states that making contact with live cables without electrocution is possible as long as the person is grounded, when in fact the opposite is true. So in reality they would've been electrocuted as soon as they attempted the transfer from the grounded pylon to the live cables. Ironically, zip wiring along live cables also featured in the Stallone film Tango & Cash, but in that movie it was explained correctly that non-grounding prevents electrocution. See more »

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[last lines]
Lee Christmas: From one friend to another...
Barney Ross: What?
Lee Christmas: You really need to learn how to fight.
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During the end credits, as the actors image and name appears, there is a lightning flash on the actor's face. When this occurs, an image of a "skull" appears superimposed over the face with the flash and then fades. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the version dubbed for francophone markets, the character Church, played by Bruce Willis is renamed to Chapelle. See more »

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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The Expendables 2 (2012)
26 August 2012 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

The Expendables 2 is the ultimate fan service and gives us even more than we got for the first installment. The Expendables 2 sees Barney Ross and his team having to pay back Mr. Church by going on a simple mission of retrieving an item from a downed plane. All goes well until Jean Claude Damme shows up. Van Damme is an excellent villain. He is clearly having a lot of fun and looks damn cool at the same time. The film just builds up to action set-pieces and cameos that don't always make a lot of sense, but are much appreciated. With so much going on, not everyone gets their due. Li has to leave early on to make some room, and Crews and Couture are sidelined for more A-List stars for the finale. The final action sequence what you paid your money for. Stallone, Willis, Lundgren, Norris, Schwarzenegger and Van Damme all taking part in a single action scene. It's great to finally see it but it does go too much towards comedy as the characters trade their famous catchphrases. The film has delivered on its promise even if there is a distinct lull in the second act where the dialogue is cringe worthy and it tries too hard to develop characters we don't really care about. I am now very excited for Stallone and Schwarzenegger's next projects and The Expendables 3.


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