The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?
Choose Your Weapon.
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…
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 have such low expectations for action movies that it takes almost nothing for me to be sated. Case in point.
The list of things that are terrible about this movie is very, very long. But I really enjoyed the sequence about 40 minutes in with Stallone and Statham breaking bones and crashing cars and flying planes and shooting guns.
I also really appreciated how the violence was ridiculously graphic. People explode and lose various appendages in a manner that I found quite appealing. Kudos, Sly.
Dudes who are super into this movie are also into "totally carbing out" and those tapout shirts with the tribal motifs and skulls all over them and shit. They get kanji tattoos that they think mean things like "POWER" and "STRENGTH". They eat brogurt. Yes. Brogurt is a thing. Don't believe me? Google 'powerful yogurt'.
Too much muscle can kill you.
There really isn't much to say about this film. Stallone decided to get a big bunch of old movie stars and put them in a more or less senseless action film just so the viewer can awe at the legends working together. It's quite a sound plan and it worked out decently.
I just always thought it took itself a bit too serious and the story is extremely forgettable. Seriously I saw this film twice before (this being my third watch) and everytime I forgot pretty much everything of this film.
I do enjoy it though. It has its moments for sure. Be it bloody fight scenes, over the top shootouts or funny dialog. For example there is a scene…
I had high expectations of The Expendables. Not that it was going to be a masterpiece but I thought it would be something incredibly entertaining and fun, but not even mildly it was. The all-action-star cast is not as good as it could have been but they weren't that bad either, and actually they are basically the only thing in it that wasn't downright lame.
The one-liners don't work as well as they should and it's clear that in some ways it intends to be a self-parody, but it just wasn't funny, therefore it didn't work. The action, though cool and spectacular on the surface, was rather dull and Arnold Schwarzenegger's cameo, which was one of the main reasons that motivated me to watch this movie, wasn't neither amusing nor memorable.
Explosiones, tiroteos, puñetazos, patadas, insultos, humor, ¿acaso esperaban algo más? Está claro que no es un peliculón, que no es un filme original, pero sí que cumple lo que promete: ser una película para hombres con una buena dosis de entretenimiento.
Didn't expect much from this one, but was kinda disappointed anyway. Script was written by a high school junior (sorry, Sly, but I'm just sayin'). Uneven acting.
Pretty explosions. Lots of pretty explosions. Spent the budget on pyrotechnics instead of screenplay.
Anche ad approcciarlo con piglio ignorante e a suon di rutti, rimane comunque la difficoltà di decifrare la faccia devastata di Stallone.
❝ - What happened to you?
- I got my ass kicked. ❞
It's nice to see all of the action movie stars together in one film: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Wills, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and so many others.
Pretty okay action movie.
- Safe House
- Django Unchained
- The Artist
- Sin City
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…
- Can't Stop the Music
- The Formula
- Friday the 13th
- The Jazz Singer
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.