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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…
I had expected something … more, I guess. This movie is made for 80s action movie fans, and nobody else.
Only two thoughts occurred to me as I rewatched this late at night for the first time in over a year:
1) "Is that really Charisma Carpenter from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?"
2) "Why isn't this as fun or funny as I remember it being?"
The rest of time I was fast asleep.
Vent'anni fa sarebbe stato il mio film preferito
This movie could have been so much better, which is why it's so painful to watch it again. They really shit the bed on the concept and ended up making a supremely generic action movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In the 1980s and 1990s, action films were the big thing. With ground-breaking films such as The Terminator and Die Hard releasing during these decades, household names were made out of actors such as Sylvester Stallone, best known for his Rocky films, Arnold Schwarzenegger, famous for being the T-100, and Jet Li, famed for his martial arts performances. Although the reputation of these actors may have fallen in recent years due to poor performances and dismal acting, the prospect of seeing such legends fight together on one screen made a film buff drool at the mouth. And in 2010, their wish was answered by The Expendables.
Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney, the leader of a group of rogue fighters known…
Actors -- B
Direction -- B
Writing -- C
Music -- B
I'm not really a fan of these types of flicks. However I really enjoyed this one. Despite the speed of the action scenes, my weak eyes caught it all.
They could have easily called this movie "Bullets and Blood."
I'll have to check out the sequels.
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I was supposed to see this in the theaters, but we went to The Town instead. I made a good choice then.
Stallone, Statham, Jet Li, and Stone Cold. Explosions, knives, sharp one-liners and good old-fashioned ass kicking. The Expendables has everything I could hope for in an action movie, despite the unoriginal plot. But hey, Stallone wasn't trying to make Citizen Kane here when he got in the director's chair. I got what I wanted out of The Expendables.
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?