Stallone and “Expendables 2”: The Boys are Back in Town


By Jim Donahue

Sly Stallone is back, not that he was ever gone. “Expendables 2” has recharged the action hero genre in a big way. And he brought all the Big Boys with him.

The Lionsgate film release, “Expendables 2”roared its way to the top of the box office this weekend, taking the number 1 position with 28.8 million dollars in sales in the US and Canada, knocking another action hero film from the top: Universals ‘The Bourne Legacy’ which took in only 17 million in its second week.

Stallone co-wrote the screen play for “Expendables 2” with Richard Wenk. And it’s nothing new or dramatically different from any other action hero type film. However it does star many of the old school heroes from back in the day – as well as some of the newer action stars from the next generation.

The film “Expendables 2,” stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with newest cast members Liam Hemsworth, martial arts legends Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Chinese actress Yu Nan.

Directed by Simon West. Story by Ken Kaufman & David Agosto and Richard Wenk. Based on the Characters Created by David Callaham. Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Les Weldon, and Kevin King Templeton.

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.

The “Expendables” sequel may be better than the original, but another Stallone film, “Bullet to the Head,” may be his best in years. It is the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel “Du Plomb dans la Tête” or Bullet to the Head.

Kept under wraps until after the “Expendables 2″ release date, ” Bullet to the Head” is scheduled for release on Feb 1st, 2013.

The film is said to be too much like a cross between Tango and Cash, a wonderful Stallone film, and First Blood, the ultimate Sly vehicle.

Who cares, Got Stallone? Yes I do.

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