This is what the first movie should have been and what all of us old school action junkies hoped it would be. Action. Guns. Explosions. Ridiculousness. One Liners. Minimal Plot.
E2 was pure, 100%, crazy 90’s style action. If you liked the Rambos, Commando, Running Man, Die Hard… you will love this shit. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all. The opening scene of the movie has one of the highest body counts I have ever seen on screen. And the action never really stops. It stops long enough to move the plot along and then boom… more shooting, more explosions, more cheesy dialogue.
There is no deep, stupid slow plot to slow down the movie this time. The plot we get is satisfactory. It moves the story along to get to more explosions but it had some, I don’t know, sad moments that gets into the psyche of the crew without slowing down the movie like the first one. The plot is obviously not the point of the movie.
The cast is expanded for this movie, as everyone knows. Jean Claude is the central bad guy and serves his purpose. If it wasn’t JCVD I would probably say the character was under used but just because it was him it somehow made it ok and awesome. Hard to explain lol. The appearances by Willis and Arnold were expanded big time and we get some cool action set pieces this go around. When Stallone, Willis, and Arnold are all standing side by side blowing shit up, it is a big “whoa this is awesome!” moment lol.
And you can’t forget Chuck Norris. His appearances were straight up hilarious.
The appearances by the big guns and the new guns (Hemsworth and the Chinese lady) really pushed Couture, Crews, Li and Dolph in the background though. Dolph had some great moments and some hilarious one liners. Li had a great action scene. But the four of them got WAY less screen time than the first movie. It was worth the trade off though in my opinion.
All in all, I had a giant smile on my face for 90% of the movie. This was a true throw back and I enjoyed every second of it.
Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 65% Audience: 80%
Shadow’s Rating: 10/10– Most fun I have had at the movies this year besides The Avengers.
Pros, cons, and spoilers after the jump.
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