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The Expendables 2

August 17th 2012
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Lionsgate
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  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Director: Simon West
  • Writer: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, Les Weldon, Basil Iwanyk, John Thompson
  • Associate Producer: Matthew O'Toole
  • Executive Producers: Guymon Casady, Jason Constantine, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Robert Earl, Jon Feltheimer, Trevor Short
  • Art Direction: Adam A. Makin
  • Casting: Marianne Stanicheva
  • Costume Design: Lizz Wolf
  • D.O.P.: Shelly Johnson
  • Editor: Todd E. Miller
  • Makeup: Scott H. Eddo
  • Music: Brian Tyler
  • Production Design: Paul Cross

Storyline

The Expendables are back and this time it's personal...

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.

The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them.

Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time - six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.

That is done the Expendables way....

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China; New Orleans, USA; Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Production Budget: $100 million
  • Production Companies: Millennium Films, Nu Image Films
  • Production Schedule: 3 October 2011 - January 2012

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Trivia

2012 Guide Analysis: "While the reunion of various 80's action heroes was an instant seller in concept, 2010's "The Expendables" was something of a let down in execution. With Willis and Schwarzenegger stuck in only cameos, no Van Damme or Seagal to be found, and a fairly weak plot and direction - the result was a bit of a wet blanket, one that still managed to rake in a damn impressive $274 million worldwide from an $80 million budget.

Now comes the inevitable sequel and here's hoping this time they get it right. Stallone is out as director, replaced by "Tomb Raider" and "Con Air" helmer Simon West. Both Schwarzenegger and Willis have expanded roles this time out but won't be anything more than supporting parts with only a few scenes - the focus will remain the various cast members from the first sans Mickey Rourke who has dropped out. Liam Hemsworth, brother of "Thor" star Chris, plays the young rookie role.

They didn't get Seagal, but Van Damme is onboard as the villain of the piece - the leader of an opposing team of mercenaries who kills one of the Expendables and sets off the storyline of the group seeking revenge. Added in there are some unexpected wild cards like Chuck Norris, an inclusion that has everyone smiling for different reasons, and even a cameo by tennis champ Novak Djokovic as himself.

Shot primarily in Bulgaria with some additional shooting in Russia, France and China, the film will hit in the same release weekend as the first film two years on. With a bigger budget of $100 million, this is one sequel that actually looks to have more potential than the first."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 August 2012: Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine
  • 17 August 2012: Armenia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, UK
  • 22 August 2012: Belgium, France, Sweden
  • 24 August 2012: Bulgaria, Spain
  • 30 August 2012: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand
  • 31 August 2012: Brazil
  • 6 September 2012: Czech Republic
  • 20 October 2012: Japan