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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…
Just take it as it is, it is just big goofy fun.
It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the CGI blood and overall crappy effects. Meh.
Great to see the action stars in the same movies. I did enjoy the movie. But more than that, I was very glad to see them again.
Aged Beef, with a Slice of Cheese
Once in a while, as I’m watching a movie, a half-formed thought or question I’ve had will be voiced by someone on the big screen. It happened again this last weekend; during this macho-man mishmash of movie mayhem, mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) asks his associate, Lee Christmas (Statham), “What’s wrong with this picture?” Christmas replies, “Everything.”
Somali pirates are holding a tanker crew for ransom, and Ross and his men have been hired to drop the money and pick up the hostages… but a standoff results when the pirate leader gets greedy, and it ends predictably—doubly so, if you paid any attention to the trailers for this movie. (You can look at a…
Solid intro to the series.
The Expendables gives a solid premise, promising a fun 80s throwback movie. However it fails horribly at this by singlehandedly showcasing all the problems with modern action films (fake blood, quick cuts, sped up stunts) in one boring movie.
Roll call for action cinema’s ‘best and brightest’ (which apparently only means male) underutilises most and comes off as frequently half-baked and boring, with only glimmers of interesting set-pieces against a tiresome storyline.
My expectations were relatively low going into this. The concept of combining so many aging action stars could have either been a really cool nostalgia trip or a dumb mess, but unfortunately this was the latter. The film just drips testosterone. The motorcycles, tattoos, the women, and the non-stop action made everything feel like it was tailor made for middle aged men trying to recapture their youth. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the story had been good but it was boring, despite being action packed. The action was overdone even by mindless action flick standards and most of it was over the top and pretty unrealistic. The dialogue was really terrible as well and had me cringing quite…
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) (and yes, I hate the puns too) are mercenaries hired to stop General Garza (David Zayas), a leader corrupted by a rogue CIA operative named James Munroe (Eric Roberts). They have to fly to an island in the Gulf of Mexico and take out their army in order to get their money.
I don't know if you can tell, but I struggled through that synopsis. Most of it I just reworded from Internet Movie Database's plot summary because gun to my head (pun only intended in hindsight), I couldn't tell you what was going on in this movie after…
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.