The Expendables 2, Get Carter (1971)

The Expendables 2

We wait decades to see these guys in a movie together, and this is the best they could do?

Sylvester Stallone’s original Expendables film was a complete misfire. Meant to be an homage to 80s action films, it was a pathetic attempt at recapturing the glory days of a bygone era. I couldn’t believe it when I heard there was going to be a sequel. Wasn’t one film enough? Apparently not, because Hollywood doesn’t have any original ideas anyway, so why not make a sequel to a one-off homage film?
The second movie adds a bunch of new characters, none of whom do anything important. The only new actor worth mentioning is Chuck Norris. He shows up, mid-film, like an indestructible god of war who obliterates everything in his path. He even has time to throw in one of those Chuch Norris Internet meme jokes. The most bizarre part wasn’t Norris himself, but the fact they used the theme song from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly as his character’s musical theme. Umm, last time I checked Norris was never in that film. They probably wrote the part for Clint Eastwood, but Eastwood wouldn’t agree to be in such a shitty film. Since they had already paid licensing fees to get the theme song, they said “Fuck it” and used it with Norris instead.
Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger get upgraded from cameos and partake in the action this time around. Even Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of his cave to deliver a totally one-note villain. There isn’t anything else worth mentioning about this movie. The whole thing is about stunt casting. Stallone wants to get as many old movie “stars” as he can into these films at the expense of a decent story. It’s really quite a shame.
Verdict: Shitty
Get Carter (1971)

An average day in England.

Get Carter is a weird movie. Really weird. I guess since it took place in the early 1970s, everyone involved was as high as fuck while making this movie. The movie begins with a bunch of dudes hanging out, watching a porn slide show. Next, Michael Caine, who plays the titular Carter, learns his brother has died and goes back home for the funeral. He finds his dead brother stuffed into the smallest coffin imaginable, in a bedroom of his house. Um, lolwut? Is that what they do in England, keep dead bodies in the house until the funeral?
Later, Caine spends some time with the corpse, shaving and chatting on the phone. Caine doesn’t believe his brother died in a drunk-driving accident, he suspects foul play, so he begins to investigate. His investigation leads him to chase down bad guys in the cleanest, most-brightly lit nightclub on Earth where he interrogates a dude hiding on a toilet. Caine eventually sleeps with a nasty old bed-and-breakfast owner to prevent her from calling the cops on him for his violent ways. Caine gets into some more trouble, drives around town in a sports car, sleeps with some more women, and ruthlessly murders some other people. Caine plays a complete sociopath, displaying virtually no emotion whatsoever as he leaves mayhem in his wake. The only hint of emotion he shows is satisfaction after clubbing someone to death with the stock of a shotgun.
To say this movie is weird is an understatement. The characters exist in a bizarre waking-dream world that looks like England, but doesn’t actually take place anywhere on planet Earth. It’s also incredibly slow with all the interesting bits comprising about 15 minutes of the 2 hour runtime. It isn’t as boring as The Italian Job but only because it’s so goddamn strange, you somehow can’t stop watching it. Weirder still is the total lack of music except in the beginning and ending of the film. Whatever these guys were smoking when they made this film, it must have been some powerful shit.
Verdict: Bad

10 Responses to “The Expendables 2, Get Carter (1971)”

  1. September 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hey Get Carter is a classic. It’s got so many classic lines in it! Also in the UK but mostly in Ireland we do have the body in our house until the funeral. It’s called a wake

    • September 15, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Get Carter is stark, violent, and sociopathic. I can see why it caused an uproar in its day, and why people who saw it back then would call it a classic. But for a first time viewer of today, it doesn’t hold up anymore.

  2. 3 Dober
    September 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I was also disappointed with Expendables … again!
    Even though I liked Van Damme in this film, despite the fact he had to be a walking cliche over the top villain. I think he can be great as a bad guy if you give him the chance.

    I caught myself laughing about the Norris joke because I didn’t believe they thought the best way to use Chuck Norris was to tell an internet joke.

    The end fight was the final nail in the coffin. If you’re familiar with 80s action stars you would know that a karate black belt would kick Rocky’s ass easily. But during that scene I didn’t really care anymore anyways.

    Agree on the shitty rating.

  3. September 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

    But The Expendables is meant to be that sort of film. It is entirely stupid. And yes, they’re all still reliving their glory days. But I still find it stupidly entertaining.

    The Chuck Norris joke got me. Yes, it did.

  4. September 20, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Ha ha, loved your take on Ex2. As you might expect, I loved it (in its totally crappy way), but I am ashamed to say I can’t seen Get Carter yet (or the remake). I don’t mind a tough-as-balls Michael Caine…. hey, have you seen Harry Brown? I wouldn’t mind your thoughts on that….

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