‘The Expendables 2’ Trailer is Big Explosions and Bad Puns Served Up by Your Childhood Heroes

Sylvester Stallone seems to be pretty proud of the work he’s done on his latest film, The Expendables 2. So much so that he’s even dressed up in a suit and tie to premiere the movie’s trailer on IGN (fancy!). Sly says of his new all-star action extravaganza, “If you thought the first movie kicked some serious ass, you haven’t seen anything yet.” For fans of The Expendables, that has to be an exciting bit of music to their action-loving ears. But what of us who thought the first movie was mostly just a disappointing bore? Well, if this new bit of advertising is to be believed, there might be some hope for us as well.

First off, there are more explosions and gunshots crammed into this two minutes than there is in any other trailer we’ve seen this year. For a movie that’s billing itself as the ultimate guy flick, that’s probably essential. Secondly, Sly’s new demo reel of destruction also seems to make good on the promise that this sequel will provide us with way more Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger that the original did, and that action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris are fully on board as well. Nobody seems to just be popping their heads into frame for a few seconds to get a cameo without doing any actual ass-kicking; and that’s the way it should have always been.

If seeing all of your childhood heroes finally rubbing their jacked-to-shit, bloody elbows together on screen still isn’t enough to convince you to give this new trailer a chance, there’s still one other reason that it’s a must watch. You have to check it out, if only to hear Jason Statham deliver the most ludicrously awful and awesome action pun that’s been in a movie, probably, since we were deep in the heart of the 80s action boom. It’s just that good.

The Expendables 2 opens on August 17.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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