By THOMAS BOND
While the first outing amounted to nothing more than a boring line-up of famous action stars, the sequel is that rare species that is better, far better, than the original. Returning much of the same cast as the original, tossing in a few new names, and nabbing Simon West (Con-Air) to direct are all part of this fun upgrade. Not to mention a script that takes itself far less seriously than the first film, and action scenes that are more thrilling, more intense, better choreographed, and far more bloody and violent. This is the ultimate guy movie. Before you go, let me just list the names who appear in this film. Like the first film, the names alone are enough to get you to drop cash for the ticket, but in The Expendables 2 it’s everything else that makes you very glad you did. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, and Nan Yu. Is there a plot? Yeah, I guess so, but it’s not important. What’s important is that they are looking to cast Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes, John Travolta, and Nicolas Cage in The Expendables 3. Excited yet?