Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy.
Sylvester Stallone : Barney Ross
Jason Statham : Lee Christmas
Mel Gibson : Stonebanks
Director : Patrick Hughes
“I need a job! All I know what to do is kill! Goddammit!”
It’s as clear as daylight that the first “Expendables” was a sort of parody. However, I get the impression that they do realize that the hype is over, since the seniors club is pushed aside and needs to make room for a bunch of young heroes. But wasn’t that the whole idea to start up a parody with a club of senior action heroes ? Is this a symbolic gesture to say that it’s time to pass it on to a younger generation? Looks like it. But if that’s the case I think it would be a good idea to stop with this whole “Expendables” formula, because these youngsters don’t impress me. Those “Benidorm Bastards” however still have an impressive appearance. As long as they don’t move along the screen with a walking frame and need an infusion with some serum, they still look like dangerous fighters who can be very destructive.
Next to the old timers, it’s Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson who excel the most in this film. Banderas is a rattling chatterbox who takes care of the comic section. An irritating always-getting-in-the-way kind of guy who demonstrates in the end he’s capable of defending himself. Mel Gibson is convincing as the deviated-from-the-straight-path former “Expendable” who decided that he would rather gather a fortune as a weapons supplier, instead of risking his life as a soldier of fortune. So in the end it becomes a personal matter between the two founders of “The Expendables“. The only one who didn’t fit in completely was Harrison Ford who looks very old and rather meager in between this gang of “Duke Nukem” caricatures. The biggest surprise was Kelsey Grammer as the intermediary who introduces Barney Ross to some candidates for a new team. A perfectly selected person who presents the candidates in a “Frasier”-like way one by one with the necessary crystal clear analytical explanation.