Despite key roles, Hemsworth and Yu don't add much to the ensemble, and Chuck Norris as Booker and Jet Li as Yin Yang appear too briefly to make much impact. Many might wonder about Schwarzenegger's return to action movies and might be pleased that the brief role of Trench is a perfect fit, adorned with some of the best dialogue in the script. While he's every bit as creaky as the other vets his age, relying more on very large weapons and cutting humor than unarmed combat, Schwarzenegger still can steal a scene, particularly in the final set piece where he's paired with Willis, who relies more on smirking threats than decisive action until the final reel.
Pyrotechnic and special effects credits are superior on a reasonable budget, and though the soundtrack would have benefited from a higher ratio of contemporary hits to familiar classics, Brian Tyler's score carries the action without overwhelming it.
"The Expendables 2," a Lionsgate release, is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout. Running time: 102 minutes. Motion Picture Association of America rating definition for R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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