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OUT NOW! THE EXPENDABLES 2 doesn't give a Jean-Claude Van Damme.

What appears initially as another attempt at rehashing material that proved successful the first time round, The Expendables 2 actually manages to build on the strengths that made the first movie a hit. No plot surprises (the bloody revenge of a simple job gone wrong), but well thought-out action sequences performed tongue-in-cheek with ironically flexed muscles by a star-studded cast combine to create a film that works, albeit without great ambition, both on its own terms and as a parody of the tried and tested action genre.

The Expedables 2 | Directed by Simon West (USA 2012) with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth. Starts August 30