Today's Box Office: The Expendables 2 | News
Let's do some math. What is 66 + 45 + 49 + 55 + 72 + 52 + 57 + 65 + 44 + 49 + 22? The answer is 576 or the combined age of the main actors of The Expendables 2. That's right folks; Chuck Norris is 72 years old. I'll be purchasing one of those total gyms that he's been hawking very soon. Did you know that when Chuck Norris does a push up, he's not actually lifting himself up? He's pushing the Earth down.
I think I've made it perfectly that I'm an action movie junkie. Especially the films of the 80's and early 90's that pretty much had the same plot involving a guy who got mad at someone for killing a friend who goes on a tour of vengeance. The Expendables 2 falls right into that category. We get to see all of the violence that we expected and get to see the genre's biggest stars together. They poke fun at themselves and each other while playing the story out in a semi-serious way.
You can watch any action film and dissect all of its' issues that range from believeability to continuity to dialogue. The Expendables 2 has all of those problems but it's a fun movie with characters that you care about for reasons you can't explain.
The story goes that Sly's band of mercenaries are on a mission to retrieve the contents of a safe and along the way, they run into "the muscles from Brussels" himself, Jean Claude van Damme and being the ruthless bad guy that he is, he takes the life of one of a member of their group and steals what they were sent to retrieve. You can guess the basics from here.
Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his share of action along with Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris. Although, I was disappointed that Chuck Norris only roundhouse kicked one guy in the face causing him to fly out a window.
The Expendables 2 is a fun movie to watch not just for the action but to also see these guys interact with each other. For years they fought each other at the box office, now it's nice to see them on the same team (despite the failure of Planet Hollywood).
I give The Expendables 2, 7 stars out of 11,
Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn't dead, it's just afraid to move.
Also in theaters this week is Whitney Houston's last theatrical film, Sparkle which tells the story of 3 sisters who form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. It's a familiar tale that we've been told before but it's got a lot of star power highlighted by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. I spoke with the producer of Sparkle Bishop T. D. Jakes about what it means to him about this being Whitney Houston's last role.
"No one saw this coming so we were deeply saddened that it was her last cinematic production but having said that I think that people realize that this is your last chance to see Whitney happy and singing and acting again and I think people want to see her in the light of who she really was."
Also out, the seemingly early release of ParaNorman which will surely be loved by the zombie loving kids of today. It's about a boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies, and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as a childless couple who bury a box in the backyard containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child appears from the backyard claiming to be from the wishes they buried.
Next week, Premium Rush, the thrill ride starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger in Manhattan and is being pursued by a dirty cops through the streets of New York. Hit & Run is an R-rated comedy about a former getaway driver who jeopardizes his Witness Protection Program identity to escape his former gang.
A programming note, if you are one of the faithful viewers that watches my Today's Box Office segment on Saturday mornings I have some sad news. In the words of former Cleveland Cavalier star Lebron James, I'm taking my talents to South Beach. Okay, I'm not leaving the station but my segment is moving to Friday mornings. This move will allow me to provide you with better, more interesting content than a simple review. I'll be able to incorporate more industry news, interviews, and inside information. Don't worry, I'll still have something on Saturday mornings but it will be a lighter version of what I do on Friday.