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ABKing Goes Geek Crazy For THE EXPENDABLES 2!

Nordling here.
I haven't seen THE EXPENDABLES 2 yet.  It didn't screen for press in my area of the woods, and I'll likely catch it this weekend.  But there's only one guy whose review I wanted to see, and that's ABKing's.  For those not aware who ABKing is, well... whenever a Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger project was working its way through Hollywood, he's the guy who jumped into talkbacks and let us know about it.  Back when Talkback was about celebrating movies, ABKing was, well, king.  
He's written about several Stallone and Schwarzenegger projects over the years, as well as other action movies, and his love comes from a pure place of true admiration and joy for those great action movies of the 1980s.  That's the love that we here at Ain't It Cool strive to come from every day when we post an article or review for any project, and in this jaded age of remakes and reboots, it helps to have someone around with boundless optimism for whatever comes down the pipe.  So I sought out an ABKing review for this movie, and thankfully he delivered.
As for me, I'm seeing this bad boy sometime this weekend, and I can't wait.  I imagine that with all these projects from Stallone and Schwarzenegger coming, ABKing is straining his cheeks from smiling so much, and I'm glad.  But enough from me, here's AB himself:
The SUMMER of 2012 will always be a special one for movie geeks everywhere and ABking. This summer started with a bang with THE AVENGERS and now has ended with a bang with THE EXPENDABLES 2. Simply amazing...
THE EXPENDABLES (2010) was a great 80's throw-back and Sly did an amazing job putting that film and concept together: the concept of getting every action star in one film to appear. With THE EXPENDABLES 2, like any great sequel, the movie is BIGGER in scale (can we say RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II and TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) and so are the action stars who appear this time out.
From the rip roaring opening of EX2 -boy do the first 20 minutes KICK UNHOLY ASS- the fans get what they came for right up front and then some. It is an EPIC opening that showcases how bad ass Jet Li is, Stallone, Statham, Crews, Randy and Dolph are. I love this team of guys. They are the real A-Team, the real G.I.Joes...they just work well together. The plot is straight forward and that is a plus for this kind of movie series (lets get real, none of these EXPENDABLES movies is going to have a complicated story thank god).
ACTION is what people came to see and ACTION is what you get. When Chuck Norris shows up you just have to cheer and smile. He was so bad ass in the film it left you wanting more from his "Lone Wolf". The audience I saw this with loved him in this. Every single actor from Sly, to Liam Hemsworth, to Arnold to Jet Li and Statham get their moment to shine....and they ALL shine in that EPIC last battle/action sequence at the end, WOW! There was alot of humor in the film and it worked and worked well. Terry Crews and Dolph are hilarious at times. Bruce Willis was still mysterious as Mr. Church which is cool. The asian chick was bad ass and I hope she returns for the next adventure. And yes this film felt like an ADVENTURE film as much as an action film. The score was awesome and I'm glad some of the same score from the first film could be heard here.
Van Damme was bad ass as villain and he just looks cool in the leather jacket and shades. His character was out there and Van Damme had fun with him. Scott Adkins was basically like what Gary Daniels was in the first film...basically you would have liked to see more of him because what you saw you liked.  
It was smart of Sly to hand directing duties over to Simon "CON AIR" West. Mr. West is a capable action director (with that said, if SIMON WEST doesn't direct THE EXPENDABLES 3 then JOHN WOO should, just throwing that out there).
All the hype about the movie being PG-13 was all for nothing because EX2 boasts some very violent scenes that could never be in a PG-13 movie. Still think the producers caved into the fans and were toying with the idea of making the film PG-13. Go movie fans!
If you were disappointed by movies all summer long that didn't live up to your expectations then no need to worry with EX2. It will meet and exceed your expectations. What you see is what you get.
You gotta hand it to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger because at the ages of 66 and 65 they seem as active as ever as if it was the 80's and early 90's again. Cannot wait to see them re-team in THE TOMB which hopefully gets a JULY or AUGUST 2013 release date. Both the trailer for BULLET TO THE HEAD and THE LAST STAND played before my showing and I was in heaven. 
When THE EXPENDABLES 3 comes out in the summer of 2014 or 2015, the cast should look like this:

From your mouth to Morgan Freeman's ears.  THE EXPENDABLES 2 opens everywhere today.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:47 a.m. CST

    I hope Nic Cage does at least a small part for E3

    by AntonStark

    My favorite movie is Port of Call New Orleans, but I miss the hell out of over the top action Nic Cage.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST

    And of course, Wesley Snipes for E3!!

    by AntonStark

    God, wouldn't it be great if he actually got to be Black Panter in an Avengers movie! Make it happen, Joss!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by Inspector71

    Great to hear. Sick of all the whingers in here. These guys were my gods as a kid and it's great to see them back. If you don't like it, go watch Transformers 5 or some shit.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:50 a.m. CST

    I read Nic Cage was already being courted for E3 also

    by theBigE

    It's not really like Cage to turn down roles, is it? But if they are "Expendable," shouldn't more of the cast die in each film?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Ex 3

    by Inspector71

    Also, don't know if anyone has said it but Michael Jai White would be a great addition. Haven't seen anyone mention him.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Oh Thor is in this? Didn't know that....


    Sly did an amazing job putting that film and concept together

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by paul burnett

    Just when i think aicn couldn't be any dumber, you go an do this.....AN TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELVES! Reading that put a smile on my face. *applause*

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    So Jet Li dies in this one?

    by IrishJoe

    Spoiler alert Fucko

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST


    by Art

    I Hope u right, but u already sound hyper excited before watching the movie, and Expendables is a bad movie (the kind of movie almost anyone wanted to like, but not) and what about the action/gore? its like in the first?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Fuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhck yes!!! Total action boner for this!

    by ChakaMudd

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver

    by CanYouFlySucka

    Sigourney Weaver in Expendables 3, in military fatigues smoking a cigar and wielding a flamethrower. Anything else is a failure.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    You had me at "the real G.I.Joes" I can't wait.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    If you don't go to see this movie you will have your man-card revoked

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    you don't have a man-card? it entitles you to free rub downs at turkish saunas. from other men.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Spoiler tag this review....


    That EX3 wishlist kinda gives away a few deaths....

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST


    by Splinter

    You're giving the guy shit about spoiler alerts and you put that in your subject line? You stupid fuckwit.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Eastwood and Stallone

    by Denty420

    It's been my dream for a lotta years to see these two team up in a movie. I just hope Clint will be up for it.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST



    learn2read full post.....

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Woah....AICN edited my talkback! Is that the norm around here?!


    LOL in my post I pointed out the review stated Chris Hemsworth and since then the review was updated and my talkback was edited! LOL really!?!? I don't talkback much on here, do they usually do that?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Reading this put hairs on my chest...

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    ...the sweaty ball-sack hairs of the big gay leather-daddy currently squatting over me.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    .50 calibre zimmer frames

    by Rtobert

  • Bad form.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    I agree. Editing my talkback further proves it.


    Sad day here at AICN.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    It's ABKing... this IS a press release from the president of the Sly Stallone fan club

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    I would have expected nothing less!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver

    by CanYouFlySucka

    Sigourney Weaver with a machine gun in one hand, flamethrower in the other smoking a cigar and yelling profanities. There's yer Expendables 3.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Problems I would like fixed in the next one

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    1. Anyone else notice that a large number of shots looked absolutely dreadful quality, like they had reframed them in editing and zoomed in way too much. Its technical ineptitude of the highest order for a film like this. 2. Practical effects. Get the gore in camera Sly cos the cg gore looked like shit in places. Namely a nasty chestwound that was sliding around on a dudes chest. 3. Effects in general. I mean come on this one had a much bigger budget than the first and yet we're still treated to a lot of shitty CG and compositing work. I dunno what third rate effects studio they went to... There you go Sly, those are my notes for you!haha Generally though I quite enjoyed Expendables 2, warts and all.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    This movie IS getting a rock solid 65% on rotten tomatoes.

    by notcher

    It appears there is actually something to this movie that even the critics are finding fun, that means something to me and I definitely will be seeing this. As for who should be in the third one? Anyone who will say "YES!" Cage especially, I can't get enough of that crazy T-Rex Head buying nut job!

  • EXP1 obviously did it first but with extended parts for Arnie and Bruce plus Van Damme EXP2 really feels like the movie EXP1 wanted to be then again did anyone back then think wed ever see stuff like Indy 4, Alien v Predator, another Ridley Scott Alien movie, T3, Total recall 2, a totally dark/serious Batman movie, Rambo 4, Rocky 6, Die Hard 4, Superman V, Jacksons King Kong, X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk (in fact all the Marvel superheroes) etc yeah there were always rumours in magazines like Starlog, Cinescape, Sci Fi Universe and early sites like Corona, and even AICN but everything like those seemed well and truly stuck in Development hell. even stuff like the SW prequels didnt seem a sure thing to get made and all the other stuff just seemed like it would never see the screen - and yet now for better or worse theyve all been done - the past decade studios were firing them out like bang bang bang one after the other, even crazy stuff like Blade Runner 2 looks like its going to be made.… i remember it really hit me one day summer 08 when i saw a huge billboard for Indy 4 and i was like wow its like being in the future or an alternate universe where stuff you never thought you would never see made is now here (almost like a Jaws '19' type thing).... and i remember writing a post years ago (maybe 2000 or 2001) on a site saying how if i wound up in a coma for 10 years what would be the films id most want to see when i eventually came around and it was stuff like i mentioned above but i didnt think id actually get to see stuff like that...maybe it was because there wernt that many belated sequels back then so it didnt seem it would happen? (as nothing was really THAT old was it) but in hindsight it was kind of stupid to think otherwise - did i really think studios were going to shun sequels/prequels/remakes in favour of original movies? in many cases they were just waiting for the FX tech to get to a certain standard or for the major players to want to do it

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Russell

    If you see this movie, you will grow a 3rd testicle. And a 2nd COCK!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver

    by Industrious Angel

    I second that ...

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    should they have offically called it 'EX2' like T2, MI2, X2?


  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Pierce Brosnan as villain in EX3?

    by Wes_Reviews_

    People forget that he spent YEARS making action flicks before he was Bond. Live Wire, Detonator (1 & 2), Taffin, etc. Thoughts?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Great, Fun Movie

    by SonOfChiba

    Saw it yesterday at a packed out screening and loved it. It is what it is and there's nothing wrong with that. The cast are having a ball and to see all these guys in one film is geek heaven. The action is superb - seriously, the opening is one of the best sequences you'll ever see in a US action film. no skay-cam to be found, either. Go see it.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Judging by His review, methinks ABKing jizzed on himself

    by Stalkeye

    Good for you sir!

  • yes, that also includes Jet Li.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    How about Gina Carano?

    by Aiki Rat

    I'd guess her acting skills would be up to par for this one, and she can more than hold own in the ass-whoopin end...

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Why is Chuck Norris so tiny?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    + Mel Gibson + Vin Diesel

    by IWantCheese

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    statelywaynemanor, thats what she said

    by ajit maholtra


  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    PLANT review.

    by knowthyself


  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    "Back when Talkback was about celebrating movies"...

    by DerLanghaarige

    I remember that time and it makes me feel damn old. Fucking kids. Hating everything these days.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The Nintendables.. Luigi Bald as Bruce

    by adzigjo

    classic.. i'd pay to see this

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Russell Wong and Danny Trejo should be villains

    by Shadow Warrior

    In Ex3 I mean.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Sho Kosugi for part 3!

    by Eric Shea

    He was the greatest ninja of the 1980s!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Steven Seagal will never be a part of these movies sadly...

    by brocknroll

    You all should by now that Avi Lerner and Seagal hate each others guts in real life, Seagal has been avoiding Lionsgate like the plague so don't expect him to be a part the Expendables team, ever.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise should be added to the cast, seriously...

    by brocknroll

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Expendables 3 - New Players & Synopsis

    by JoeHungg

    Expendables 3 (Wet Dream Line-up) Director: John McTiernan DOP: Paul Veerhoven  Fight Choreographer: Isaac Florentine & Jackie Chan. Outline by James Cameron Script: Shane Black & Quentin Tarantino Potential New Players: Donnie Yen Jackie Chan Chow Yun Fat Michael Biehn Samuel Jackson John Travolta Nicolas Cage Bob Sapp Michael Jai White Ving Rhames Michael Clarke Duncan Danny Trejo Woody Harrelson Pierce Brosnan Bruce Campbell Wesley Snipes Sammo Hung Clint Eastwood Michelle Yeoh Gina Carano Pam Grier Carla Gugino Salma Hayek Michelle Rodriquez Siqourney Weaver Synopsis: The Chinese and the russian mob joins forces to wrec havoc in Hong Kong. Three policemen and their families are targeted (Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat & Donnie Yen).. Jet Li must return home to help his estranged cop brother, against an old enemy. He brings a few friends...  EXPENDABLES 3: Blood Money The Battle for Hong Kong goes down tonight. 

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    LMMFAO@ Stallone's 'stach.

    by Stalkeye

    This is The Expendables, not the fucking Village People. All we need now is Estrada in the C.H.I.P.S. uniform and That Native American/Indian Guy from Predator with Headress and all. "Macho, Macho Man! I's Gotta be a Macho Man..."!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Whats with all these...

    by IamHERE

    bad 80's/90's movies coming out all of a sudden. First we have 'Premium Rush' with action and a plot straight out of the 80s. Then you have 'Hit and Run' harkening back to the action comedies of the 90s. Is it just me or what?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Simon West is capable action director?

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    LOL since when? This movie looks boring and stupid like the first one.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by emorr

    A rave review, and no mention of TDKR? Big shocker there.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson, should be added too...

    by brocknroll

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Let me elaborate a bit on my previous post

    by emorr

    When I say no mention of TDKR, I meant in the context of the summer started with Avengers and ended with EX2. I guess those were the only 2 summer blockbusters.

  • Hollywood is now creating 'original' works with the aesthetic appeal of a certain decade like the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I can't wait for Three Days In The Valley! Wait...

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Its sick, but...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    if anything... Stallone should be starring in Dwayne Johnson movies. If you smell what I'm cooking.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    what about Shatner for EX3?


    the original action hero

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    thanks for the spoiler list of ex3 cast...ass.

    by Jubba

    saying who and who doesn't die in this film via that list is a dirty trick. you're terrible.

  • all the 80s tv guys in one big tv special movie with A Team violence

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Snake Plissken in the next

    by Engelhast

    Or GTFO.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    This review tries a little too hard to sound like typical AICN

    by John Brown

    Right down to the PG-13/R debate. Either a plant or someone who just wants to be accepted by his geek peers. Either way, not a review I'm bound to trust.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Do I need to see Expendables 1, first?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Nic Cage... that choice doesnt do much for me. Too bad Segal will never appear in one of tehse.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    This is like asking a mouse to review cheese.

    by CountOrlok

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed it more than the first one

    by ahdvd

    It's full of cheese, but a heck of a lot more fun and solid than the first. Here's a link to my review:

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I forgot about Rutger Hauer

    by grendel69

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    He is all out of bubblegum

    by Engelhast

    and it's time for Rowdy Roddy Piper to kick some ass in Expendables 3. May as well throw Keith David in there also.

  • It's great!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    E3 needs to add Al Leong and Lou Ferrigno ... maybe even Jeff Speakman

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Al Leong people, Al Leong.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    this is ABKings time.....


    this is where it all begins....this time next year he'll be writing the latest Arnie/Sly movie and be attending the very best A list parties and smoking stogies with Arnold in the exclusive VIP areas whilsts talking about their latest project.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver!!!!

    by BilboRing

    How cool would that be? Fuck Yeah!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Harry - thanks for the screening

    by Dan Anthony

    It was awesome seeing this in Austin, surrounded by geeks who love movies. I like to think AB was there in spirit at least.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Bridgette Neilson (sp)

    by BilboRing

    Fuck Yeah!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Linda Hamilton

    by BilboRing

    Fuck yeah!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Lucy Lawless

    by BilboRing

    Fuck yeah!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Jaime Lee Curtis

    by BilboRing

    Make a vagina version of the Expendables like Brides Maids was to all the dude movies. Fuck yeah!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    rashomon - disagree

    by Dan Anthony

    The number of vaporized heads suggests an R was always on tap. +1 for Kurt Russell

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Part 3 needs a ninja. I nominate Michael Dudikoff!

    by CountOrlok

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Burt Reynolds

    by Engelhast


  • Aug. 17, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I'm going to watch HARD TARGET tonight instead

    by animas

    and save $10

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    THE EXPENDABLES 2 DELIVERS and that is what we asked for!

    by ABking

    95 MILLION DOLLARS (spent) WORTH of ALL out ACTION and one hell of a FUN TIME AT THE MOVIES! GO SEE IT!

  • Abking...I'm sure you a nice guy, and certainly a fan Of Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's, but that wasn't a review. That was the gushing of a schoolgirl with the biggest crush in the world.

  • whack job.

  • I saw BOURNE LEGACY last weekend and I love Jeremy Renner but I'm not a fan of those movies. Even still I gave it a 6/10 on the IMDb. Today after seeing EXPENDABLES 2 I want to go back and give it a 1/10. We forgot what real action is supposed to be like because we've been deprived for so long. This movie is EPIC. EPIC I tell you. ABKing is 100% on the money. If you've ever liked an action movie you will be blown away by that last long action sequence. I mean how long was it, 30 minutes? I swear to God it was so perfect I started to tear up. It was so beautiful. And Van Damme. OMG. He was so fantastically bad, meaning amazing villainy and charming badassery. That showdown was perfect. This is the action movie we've been waiting our whole lives for. This movie is going to have an incredible box office haul when it's all said and done. I don't know if the people who have passed for action stars all this time should see it. I don't think they can deal with the knowledge that these are what real men are like. In fact we should probably put Matt Damon on suicide watch immediately.

  • I'll do it! Hello?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Did someone call ABKing a PLANT?

    by Dan Anthony

    Wow. Also, I think people forget that these movies are mostly about bringing old timers back to the genre. Rolling in stars from the last 15 years is probably not in line with this. I love me some Seagal, but you can't put him in this. He'd accidentally eat Jet Li at the snack buffet.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    that is, Nick Cage answering the phone.

    by Mugato5150

    Stupid fucking quotation mark bug.

  • Stopped reading right there. You can bet this has been a special one for movie geeks. Especially bad. This has literally been one of the worst years for film in two decades. You had Avengers, a mediocre Spider-man, a Batman that shit the bed, a Total Recall remake that blew, and NOT A LOT MORE. Sleeper goes to Chronicle.. kudos. Expendables 2 I haven't seen yet, but anybody lauding this summer because we got exactly ONE standout film? Fuck and You. Maybe Hobbit will help redeem this year at the end of the year but seriously... we got jacked this year.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    err...14 year old...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    i disagree i think Prometheus was an excellent movie


    its like when the entire world was hating on The Thing and Blade Runner in 1982. the same kind of deal. everyone hates great movies at first as they are too awesome to comprehend for the first 10 years or so

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    add 2001 too


    wasnt everyone scratching their heads going 'WTF?!' for about 20 years until it started to be revered as a classic? and what of Citizen Kane?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    you *could* even add Empire Strikes Back to those as well?


    correct me if im wrong SW fans, but i think people were not that impressed with Empire at the time in 1980. i dont think it was until after Jedi that it was considered a masterpiece

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Does the AB in ABKING

    by CimmerianWarrior

    stand for Abortion? ABking, are you an abortionist?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    ABKing must have a pea-sized brain; easily amused

    by Logan_1973

    Seriously, this movie is NOT All-that.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Let me get this straight...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace's okay to crap on scriptless, plotless shitfests like 'Transformers'.'s okay to crap on emotionally cold, character-from-my-childhood, dream bigger shitfests like 'Inception' or 'The Dark Knight Rises'. BUT...when a group of botoxed, 'roided old men put down their hair dye and get together in a scriptless, plotless shitfest that has the emotional content of a fart, and then play characters that continually 'wink' at their past glories, therefore taking a dump on their heritage, Harry and all the other goons around here get excited and shill this shit to the heavens. If you love movies or even if you're an 80's action apologist, then this stuff ought to make you wince because it takes people for granted, gives them lukewarm, rehashed hack shit and only, ONLY gets by because of a love based on nostalgia. What a way to shit on nostalgia.

  • I'll check back with you in ten years...I wouldn't mind being wrong, I just doubt I am.

  • stuff like Vertigo, Psycho i dont know for certain though.

  • Guess the Academy couldn't deny his genius for that.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    ABking: GO see the movie and stop being whiny BITCHES!

    by ABking

    It's pussies like the some of you why people cannot have a good time at the movies anymore. Thank god for men like STALLONE and SCHWARZENEGGER that still deliver on the promise of what real action is ALL about. PUSSIES need not go see EX2...just give your cash over to a loved one who would like to see real action! Bring on THE EXPENDABLES 3!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    And, Prometheus is NOTHING like Blade Runner of The Thing, NOTHING...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ....NOT IN ANY WAY. But it WAS a fun flick if you don't bring in your Alien baggage.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST Runner OR The Thing...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...damn High Life!!

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    openthepod - i allready had forgotten

    by tailhook

    And the Space Jesus apologists of Prometheus can go fuck off. Prometheus was borderline retarded while being somewhat watchable.. but when Ridley Scott came out with the Space Jesus explanation horseshit and detailed exactly what he was going for and pretty much inferred he was one step away from being committed for fucking Alhzheimers... well.. that was that. Because really Ridley.. Alhzheimers is your only excuse.

  • until he went completely off the rails bonkers in his explanation. Now the movie can just die in a fire for all i care.

  • 'Safe' was one stellar action film released end of April that ended up lost in the mix. Easily one of the best action films in years and reminded me a lot of the original Die Hard in the way it sets up complete factions(in the case of Die Hard it was Terrorists, Police, FBI, Media) and then pits them at each other to get what they want.. with our hero caught in the middle. Thats a very tricky and hard thing to pull off and Yakin is one of the few that actually did it. IIRC you had the Chinese, the Mob, and the Police with Statham and the Girl trying not to get killed. And they got actual fucking character actors rather than just going down to central casting and ordering some Plastic Surgery Specials. Hopefully Safe is one of those films that will catch on through rentals or whatever. But seriously.. one or two gems doesn't excuse the utter horseshit that was this summer's lineup.

  • I can't recall any apathy or outright dislike of 'Empire' when it came out, I just remember thinking that it was FUCKING AWESOME (yes, in capitals) and everyone I knew seemed to agree with that assessment. Now 'Jedi', on the other hand, was a huge letdown. That was the movie where I could feel my love for 'Star Wars' dying while watching the story unfold onscreen for the first time. The lazy 'Death Star 2' threat. The muppet convention. Leia as Luke's sister. The most awesome big screen villain having a change of heart and revealing that he's a nice guy after all. Ugh, shite on shite.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon.

    by Gary Makin

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Jedi was fucking awesome too

    by JackSlater4

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    How can they pay all these salaries?

    by chien_sale

    They must work for cheap!

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Cynthia Rothrock...

    by Elcabio

    and Billy Blanks. Make it happen.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Revisionist history

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    Most people LOVED ROTJ when it first came out, and it was regarded as a return to form after the odd and dark Empire, probably because it was more straight-forward and upbeat. Empire was liked well enough when it was first released but it was not regarded as well as the original Star Wars by any means, not until years later. Now, I can't speak for any individual opinions on the matter, but that was absolutely the mass consensus at the time. The deification of Empire, and the regarding of Jedi as a disappointment, are products of the 1990's SW revival on. I strongly suspect that people claiming they hated Jedi at the time are full of it, and are just retroactively mapping their current feelings on to how they felt back then.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Summer of 2012 has been one of the better summers for genre movies

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    There has been one flawed but interesting blockbuster (Prometheus), and two really good ones (The Avengers and TDKR). That's a much better batting average than any other summer since the 90's, where a single decent movie can barely be found. Last year we had horrible Pirates and Transformer movies. Also Thor and Captain America, I suppose, though those were hardly on the level of this year's superhero efforts, nor worth revisiting as surely Prometheus will be (because it is a fascinating mess). People claiming summer 2012 is the worst on record are completely nuts.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah everybody loved Return of The Jedi

    by JackSlater4

    Best fights, Vader unmasked, Jaba, Slave Leia, Boba Fett, Emperor, Rancor, speeder bikes etc etc. And if everyone hated the Ewoks as much as some people seem to think they did there would not have been cartoons and a TV movie.

  • i think TOD is another movie that was considered something of a disappointment at the time when compared to the original as too dark/violent etc but over time has become more a a classic (ok Empire is way more revered and considered superior when compared to the original film - unlike Doom)

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    also theres Star Trek TMP


    EVERYONE hated it and called it boring for roughly 20 years (even more so when TWOK came out and was an instant action packed classic) until the DC dvd when I started to notice some were saying it was like this misunderstood Kubrickian style masterpiece. Maybe give it another few years and it’ll be considered a bone fide classic on a par with 2001. (or at least Prometheus - which shares the central theme of searching for ones creator)

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver

    by IEatHippies

    Not the Villain. Shaved head(?), supplements small fire-arms with a knack for making blunt objects deadly, ALWAYS smoking cigarettes, but enjoys cigars socially. Never uses a flame thrower per se but does kill with a lit cigarette and hairspray at least once.... ending with a ridiculous one-liner like: "hairspray just makes a girl's life easier."

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I can't thank Sly enough for making the EXPENDABLES. These two movies deliver what we have been wanting to see since we were kids. The image of Chuck Norris firing his gun while standing next to Arnold Schwarzenegger is unreal. EXPENDABLES 2 delivers, and I hope there is at least one more movie to finish off the trilogy and fill in the missing spots (Steven Seagal, Jackie Chan...). <BR><BR> My only criticism about Expendables 2 relates to the two BORING stretches during the movie that cry out for a comedian actor: <BR> <BR> 1. The long, boring stretch of non-action between the title screen, and when Van Damme shows up to take the box.<BR> 2. The boring stretch when they are spending the night in the abandoned building talking about their favorite food. <BR><BR> These stretches of non-action cry out for someone like EDDIE MURPHY, who can entertain us with his mouth when the bullets aren't flying. Dolph hitting on the asian girl and Randy being sensitive about his ears ain't gonna cut it - it's gonna make us bored and restless. As it stands, most of the scenes during these boring stretches could have easily been edited out and I don't think the audience would miss them. <BR><BR> Other than these two stretches, Expendables 2 is a winner. The opening action sequence is epic - if only the movie somehow was able to keep that pace going. Jet Li's fight is arguably the best one of the movie, and it comes early. (Here's hoping egos can be put aside and Jackie Chan can be given a strong 5-10 minute action sequence in EX3) Chuck Norris nearly stole the show, and the crowd went nuts every time he showed up. The final battle was everything we hoped it would be - Arnold and Bruce, Terry's big gun, Chuck being indestructible....the only one that seemed overshadowed in all of this was Randy Couture. He's like the Winston of the Ghostbusters....the forgotten Expendable. Storylinewise, maybe Toll Road should have been the one that got killed by Van Damme, since for the rest of the movie he's pretty much overlooked. <BR><BR> Sly versus Van Damme was exciting, but a bit short (what's up with Van Damme's eyes?). I wish the fight was longer and had more back and forth (maybe in the director's cut!). Also, Van Damme needed to have a bigger star as his #2 guy instead of Scott Atkins....someone like The Rock or Kimbo Slice. The whole movie it felt like it was all these big names stars against Van Damme by himself. <BR><BR> Now, looking towards EX3....I hope it happens. EX2 opened at about $28 million and I'll be pulling for it to take in whatever is necessary to justify making EX3.<BR> Here's what I hope for in EX3 (in addition to the stuff I talked about so far): <BR><BR> 1. MORE BIG NAMES ON THE BAD GUY TEAM. In EX1 it was just Eric Roberts and Stone Cold. In EX2 it was Van Damme by himself. What, does no one want to play the bad guy?? I thought being the bad guy was more fun! EX3 needs to have more big names on the bad guy team to balance it out. You could give each Expendable a rival on the bad guy team.<BR> <BR> Steven Seagal (rival to Sly) Kimbo Slice (rival to Terry Crews)<BR> Kurt Angle (rival to Randy Couture)<BR> Wesley Snipes (rival to Jason Statham)<BR> When the good guys and bad guys are balanced like this, it makes the confrontations more epic. <BR><BR> 2. JOHN WOO. Thank you ABKing for putting it in an official AICN article. I have been sounding like a broken record about John Woo directing since Expendables 1. Give this thing to John Woo, give him freedom, tell him to make "Hard Boiled on steroids", and let him have at it. Woo's influence on action movies cannot be denied, and it is appropriate that he close out the Expendables series directing the biggest action stars of the 80s/90s.