Stallone, now past 60 and nursing a dozen injuries sustained in the shoot, is an old-fashioned actor-director who believes in simple thrills, like blowing up everything in sight and having his cast whack the baddies like there was no tomorrow, at least for them.
You don’t expect subtlety, and you certainly don’t get it. What you do get is a cast of grizzled veterans rampaging about for our almost nostalgic pleasure with some tougher younger blades. How often do you see a movie that includes Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, extreme fighter Randy Couture and our very own Jason Statham spitting out the lines between rumbles? It almost brings tears to the eyes.
Willis and Schwarzenegger are just cameos, there for the laughs — Willis suggests that Stallone and the Governor of California are matey enough with each other to perform a perverse sexual act together.
The rest have to work their passage harder. Together, they are the Expendables, a bunch of motorcycle-riding mercenaries whom we first see rescuing hostages in Somalia, then giving the old one-two to Eric Roberts’s villainous ex-CIA man and a nasty Latin-American dictator, whose pretty daughter (Giselle Itie) has turned against him and cleaves to Stallone, leader of the Dirty Half-dozen.
What we get is pure, unadulterated B-movie stuff, with an A-budget. At one point someone picks up a shell and throws it at a plane, scoring a direct hit. Our man Statham keeps his end up well, while Rourke, as an ex-fighting man, provides passable bits of cod philosophy as he sucks his pipe.
As for Stallone, who must soon stop if he is to preserve what’s left of his body, he’s an elderly Rambo who just keeps going, mumbling away, keeping his honour intact by doing violence only to those who well deserve it. Apart from directing and acting, he wrote most of the screenplay too.
I think that "The Expendables" is a good movie, but it is not for our time.
I am sure that everyone remembers the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s when the action movies were popular and actors like Stallone were on top of their fame. However, those times are gone and today we want to watch movies that make us think.
"The Expendables" is simply the last march of the forgotten ones and we should respect their effort.
I liked it more than I thought I would. It was just fun seeing a cast like that together. Jason Statham is always great in those kinds of roles and Couture and Steve Austin did pretty well as well. I liked the character development and thought the movie could have even been a bit longer.
by Steven Escareno5 years ago
Okay, now this is getting very interesting. It looks like in addition to the cast that starred in the last "Expendables" movie, Stallone has managed to not only convince Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce...
by Steven Escareno6 years ago
As it turns out, Stallone has recently announced that he will..NOT be directing the sequel as it was previously planned. For those of you who don't know, Stallone not only starred in the first...
by Stacie L6 years ago
(CNN) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child more than 10 years ago outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver, a source close to the former California governor confirmed to CNN Tuesday.The revelation, published first...
by optimus grimlock7 years ago
For me its the next resident evil movie, jovavich is sexy
by mojak6 years ago
Tough guys. Always going on suicidal missions. Threatened by bullets and blades. Running from explosions. Best friends waging wars. Nearly killing each other, then going to the bar later to laugh about it. Director and...
by Freegoldman5 years ago
Silvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger
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