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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…
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 didn't see this film when it came out in 2010, I just didn't have the interest in seeing it. And it also beat "Scott Pilgrim vs the Word" at the box office opening weekend so I had even less of an urge to see the film. And then I was given it as a Christmas present one year and it sat on the self unwatched until now.
I just need to say this cause I feel that people have a terrible reading of action films now. Just because you use a big gun doesn't mean you are a good action movie. I'm not a gun person, they don't appeal to me so when a film focuses on them and…
We all saw that massive list of actors in the poster. However, as the spoof on The Editing Room notes, the majority of those names play a pretty minor role. Perhaps the best scene in the movie (and this is partly because it really puts you and a good mood and gives you the impression that this is going to be a really kick ass experience) is one with Arnold Schwaarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone. Now, I was no idiot. I know Schwaarzenegger would be out of the door and out of the movie pretty quickly. Still, his banter actually got me pretty excited about where the film was headed next.
Bruce Willis, briefing them on the potential job,…
Syrupy schlock action that warms the heart.
This is a crappy movie, but come on, at least it's got Ahhh-nold. My Dad recorded it on the DVR off of TNT and we watched it together to have a bit of a laugh.
Some people don't like this because it is too serious. Others don't care for it because it is too silly and over the top. The rest hate it because it is too graphic. I love this movie for all of these reasons.
Stallone looked like a drag queen, the acting the awful. The action was ok, but not good enough. The only positive and why I gave it 2 stars is because of the movie poster and all the big names are listed on it and it looks cool.
Despite its weak villain, poorly-rendered CGI gore effects, and thin plotting, The Expendables is a terrifically fun ensemble action film with an excellent cast, entertaining action sequences, a good amount of screentime for all of the main characters, and an interesting story about finding your soul.
Movie #2 in Scavenger Hunt #3.
Task #2: A film featuring an auto accident or collision!
This was a hard and boring watch.
I was a kid in the 80s but the pure action movies of the 80s didn't do anything for me, so I've never really watched a lot of the movies that the starts of Expendables has appeared in. As a kid I was more into adventure, sci-fi and fantasy.
So I really didn't have a relationship with the stars of The Expendables (except Charisme Carpenter. I am big Buffy-fan!).
I found the movie tedious and with uninteresting characters. I didn't care for any of the characters.
I liked Arnold's cameo. That scene was really funny.
I am pretty sure I am not going to watch any of the sequels.
It's fun to see all these genre heavyweights together at last. But, in truth, most of the big guns just have glorified cameos. There is fun to be had in the Stallone/Statham team-up, however.
It's hardly surprising, but Stallone shoots the huge set-pieces far better than he shoots the hand-to-hand combat. Those fights (and there are a lot of them) require the kind of finesse I don't think Stallone has ever had.
The 'humour' is pretty hopeless as well. And the over-reliance on CGI is a real disappointment, and totally out of keeping with the 80s action movies this was inspired by.
The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.