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 star, Sylvester Stallone, gets all his best men together to kick as much ass as humanly possible, allowing himself a severe beating from Steve Austin. Sly took a serious neck injury. Then he goes in front of a Comic Con audience and jokes about it. A man whose Double-"R" franchises, Rocky and Rambo have both been highly successful. But he keeps coming back for more pain and putting his body on the line for the sake of entertainment. There's nothing tougher than that!
The Expendables is a movie that lifts you up out of your seat, pats you on the head, gives you a lollipop then smashes you in the frickin' face! With a cast like Jason Stathum, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph "I Must Break You" Lundgren, and cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you'd think it would be one crazy mess. Surprisingly, it's more focused then you may think. Just a straight-forward action movie with a reasonable run time that sustains itself and never has a chance to feel dull. It doesn't try to be anything more than what it is.
The only negative: Some of the blood and explosions looked digital. Wish it could have been just a bit more authentic. Sometimes, there was a tad too many closeups during the fight scenes. With so many people fighting at the same time, sometimes I couldn't tell who was punching who. It didn't happen very often, but how cool would it be just for one moment to see three simultaneous fights from a super wide master shot? Never, but I can't blame them. At least let the cameras pull back and allow the choreography to do the work.
It feels nice to get my ass kicked by something I haven't seen yet. It's not Rambo. It's not Rocky. Nor is it another Die Hard or Terminator sequel. It's something fresh, yet feels like it came out of the 80's. It has the perfect blend of humor, blood, sweat, smart-ass comebacks, witty one-liners, and an overabundance of testosterone! Don't expect anything more than action, exposition, action, exposition, all with a nice cherry on top… with sprinkles… and grenades. And some real tough guys. We all wish we could be tough guys. But no, let's just watch'em instead.
i actually wrote a hub on this already, and i know hubpages won't allow me to post a link to it. however, to sum up my opinion of this film....the expendables...was absolute freaking garbage. it was basically testosterone driven film to see which old action hero could utter the best cliche one liners while blowing crap up. Overall, i gave it a 2 out of four. it's a decent film for what it is, but not worth seeing in the box office. if you want to know more behind my rating, then you can read my hub on this as it goes into more detail. however, that's the gist of it right now.
I've not seen it yet, but that's some serious line up of big names.
Will probably be a bit rubbish, but you gotta watch it.
I took it as an amusingly over-the-top tribute to the 80's action adventure movies you mentioned. As you say, it includes all the old action heroes and makes reference to their past characters and unforgettable lines. At the same time, it has its own integrity -- the story is coherent and well presented. I enjoyed it.
I liked it. It delivered what it promised and so if people saw it in that context shouldn't be disappointed.
by Steven Escareno6 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
in recent news, arnold has said he wants to return to acting. some of his in development projects include a new "terminator" film along with a secret superhero movie, he's keeping under wraps. he...
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