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Barney Ross leads a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, a martial arts expert, heavy weapons specialist, demolitionist, and a loose-cannon sniper. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee visit the remote locale to scout out their opposition and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city.
Times change. What was once regarded as the norm is now considered passe. Action stars of the 80s and 90s were struggling in the new century, being unable to bring something new and instead recycling the same old stuff over and over again. The face of the action genre has changed significantly. So at a time when the action genre was being diluted into other genres and was becoming synonymous with CGI effects, twenty-something leads or Liam Neeson, bringing all the action giants of former glory together in one movie sure was a great idea. Taking advantage of the current state of action movies and the nostalgia factor while promising old-school material with a hefty dose of testosterone, The Expendables…
Serving as a homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s & 90s while also paying tribute to the action stars of past & present era, The Expendables is an adrenaline shot of old-school action extravaganza as well as a casting powerhouse featuring some of the biggest & baddest names in the Hollywood industry that solely relies on nostalgia to make its mark & pretty much succeeds.
The story of The Expendables concerns a group of elite mercenaries who are hired by a CIA operative & assigned a new mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator from his regime. While scouting the location, they discover the true nature of their mission with the help of a local & find out that the dictator is merely…
Testosterone porn made for people living in the past by people living in the past.
When the project was announced I was worried that the film would never live up to the casting and regrettably I was right. What is more surprising, and rather sad, is that not only did it not live up to expectation it was a flat out bad film. I remember reading a lot of positive comments when it was released in cinemas but I'm really struggling to see what the fans of the film saw in it. If this was released in the '80s or even late-'90s, when the action genre was in serious decline, nobody would give this a second look.
The dialogue is terrible and not in a good way, the action is poorly choreographed and often hard…
When I first read what Stallone was planning to do I was rather excited. It was such a cool concept to get together this cast and make a full on action film with them. The concept stands, some of the action works, but most of it is an unbelievable bore.
The script is of the 'my two year old had this great idea' variety and the dialogue matches. It is a complete waste of time and of all the talent involved. There's no chemistry, the humour falls flat and the dialogue is just excruciatingly bad.
The title is very apt though and almost feels like a meta criticism by its makers.
I love this snippet from the Wikipedia entry for The Expendables:-
The Expendables received mixed reviews, praising the action scenes, but criticizing the lack of story.
Lack of story? In a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Gary Daniels and Stone Cold Steve Austin? Well I must say I'm shocked.
It's almost like when they made The Expendables that they were trying to make an old-fashioned action film. You know? Like the ones these guys made their career with that, generally, had a "lack of story"? It just makes you wonder about some critics, it really does. Criticising The Expendables for a lack of story is…
Oldschool-Actioner mit den alten Haudegen der 80er und 90er, verpackt in eine übersichtliche aber unterhaltsame Story mit viel Bumbum und einigen Gewaltspitzen. Stallone hat hier eigentlich nichts anderes gemacht als früher zu Rambo-Zeiten, nur noch ein bis zwei Stufen mehr geklotzt. Mehr Action, mehr bekannte Darsteller und nebenbei noch ein neues Subgenre erfunden : Den Splatter-Actionfilm. Hier fallen einige Rüben und sogar halbe Körper, das (CGI-) Blut spritzt in Fontänen. Kurzweilige Unterhaltung für alle Testosteron-Freaks.
Originally published in 2010
Seemingly years in the making, 'The Expendables' finally hit the big screen in the summer as probably the biggest action blockbuster of the season. Finally putting an answer to all of those "Who's tougher... Stallone or Statham?" questions we've asked over the years, a cast list combining some of the best action talent of the 80s, 90s and 00s finally meet.
When Stallone returned as John Rambo in 2008's simple but awesomely named 'Rambo', the plot line was essentially "A one man army wipes out pretty much every inhabitant on an island, regardless of who they are" and having seen that it worked then, has for all intents and purposes repeated the formula here. However, this…
With Its awesome old school charm - The Expendables still rocks my world.
Ok movie 👍
Awful. Not worth our time.
Why is Terry Crews in these films? I haven't seen the third one so maybe he has something to do in that one, but even fucking Randy Couture has something resembling character development in this one. Is he literally just there to be "the big black guy" who uses big guns? More importantly, why did I watch this again just because it was on tv? It's still as bland yet slightly bizarre as I remember, with terrible editing, cgi from the mid-90s, "witty" one-liners which don't make any sense, and a plot which pretty much exists to provide a series of moments for our characters to show off their various skills. These moment can be pretty enjoyable if they feature Jason Statham, but most of the characters are such non-entities that they're just a bit boring. A huge waste of potential, which remains vaguely entertaining.
If you're seeing The Expendables for a good plot, you're seeing it for the wrong reason. Even if the main plot has been done before and is highly predictable, the action is the best part of the movie. The Expendables has all the right action scenes. I was highly entertained throughout the whole movie.
Good but it would be better with blood squibs
Was dead-tired after work last night, so the first, and for a while the only, thing I did was turning on the TV and laying back on the couch. With a lack of options, I ended up seeing this again, just to see if it was as cool as my dad would have you believe. It was not. But I suppose it works as a "I dont have anything else to watch, and I'm too tired to move" kind of thing..
A comprehensive, alphabetical list of films released in the United States that have been condemned by the Catholic Church since…