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All-star cast is burden in lackluster ‘Expendables 2’

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 8:43 am | Updated: 9:47 am, Fri Aug 24, 2012.

I’m not even sure what to say at this point, besides thank God summer’s over. It has been quite an ordeal, and I suppose it’s only fitting that that the season goes out on a grossly disappointing note involving a sub-par sequel. Now we’ve just got to contend with that uneasy transitional period between the summer and fall movie seasons, and we may actually have some good movies to talk about. I’m waiting with breath that is bated.

I’m pretty much the world’s biggest fan of “The Expendables,” a rip-roaring throwback to the action movies of yore that almost claimed a spot on my annual top 10 list a couple years back. Writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone hit just the right note with nearly every scene, crafting an effective homage to ’80s-style action flicks while at the same time ensuring that the film would also appeal to fans of contemporary action. It was an impressive balancing act, and the viewer could tell that everyone involved was having one hell of a good time. The sense of old-school, rock ’em sock ’em fun was palpable, and instantly contagious.

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