Simon West takes over the reigns from Sylvester Stallone as the director for the next film in the already planned Expendables trilogy, The Expendables 2. Now, Expendables 2 is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be, once you actually get a chance to sit down and watch the movie, which was released into theatres last Friday. I enjoyed the first film when i first saw it, as well, but something was missing. I guess I could sort of voice the complaints that were made, if rather excessively, about the first film. First off, many people thought that the digitially animated blood and gore from the first film looked tacked on at the last minute, and awful. Also, people thoguht that Stallone's directing was weak and the story needed work. Well, I still thoroughly enjoyed the first film, but, yes, indeed, I do agree that something was indeed missing from that film: An all-out sense of fun and joy in the movie. I mean, the first film had Stallone, Schwarzenegger, WIllis and Rourke, but, yet, it never really felt like anyone involved was having any fun, or, even more to that, actually enjoying themselves, and, for that, the first film was abit of a slow-paced slog. Now that we have The Expendables 2, is it better than the first film? Well, actually, yes. It is much better, actually. Much improved, indeed, mainly thanks to the fact that Simon West (Con Air, The Generals Daughter) is directing instead of Stallone, the fact that they got all of the original people, except for Mickey Rourke, back this time around, and with an addition of Chuck Norris (Hooray!) And Jean-Claude Van Damme as the villain, and, finally, to add to all of that: Every crew member actually seems to be having a good time. Everyone is having fun, this time around, so, in that retrospective, we end up having fun, as well. And fun, I had, when Iw s watching this second installment. Sure, the story is still rather weak and it end sup being mostly fuled by revenge, which gets old fast, but the fact that we have so many classic action stars, and so much tetosterone fueled engergy amkes the films arguably weaker plot almost completely and utterly unoctaccable, what so ever. And, to add to that, the prviously mentioned Van Damme is an excellently evil villain, and much better than Eric Roberts from the first film. But, that ebign said, like the first film, The Expendables 2 is Rated R, and it is a very well deserved Rating, indeed, so, without any further time-wasting, let's get to it, shall we?: The Expendables 2 contains nearly non-stop sequences of graphic bloody violence, which even allows the movie to open on a rip-roaringly loud and brutal action scene, with plenty of other one slike this coontaining scores of gunfire, lot's and lot's of spryaing, splattering and gushing blood everywhere, and, to add to that, there are slightly smaller scale and morwe personal inuries, including beatings stabbings and explosions which claim large amounts of casualties. Also, there is moderately frequent but surprisingly mild language for an R Rated movie, but it does contain several uses each of sh-t, h-ll, d-mn and a--. So, is The Expendables a good action movie? You bet. Is it better thanb the first one, a lot, actually. Is it worth seeing a third movie for? Well, in all honesty, I think that if they can keep the action stars coming and bullets flying, I think that it would actually be a very nice surprise to see a third film. Reccomended.