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.
When this project was first announced, I was excited. As an unashamed fan of cheesy 80's action cinema, particularly the oeuvre of Mr's Stallone and Schwarzenegger, a modern action team-up that would serve as a throw back to those days had me giddy. Then I saw the film. And it's a bit dull. Seeing Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and all these badasses on screen together was cool, but it isn't fun enough. Where's the bad puns? No Frank Stallone on the soundtrack? The much vaunted scene with Stallone, Arnie and Bruce Willis together was just embarrassing. Why is the film so stern and po-faced? Nowhere near as fun as a film like this should be. Hopefully the sequels will be better.
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.
Surprisingly entertaining when you know better than to expect anything revolutionary.
The Expendables (Stallone, 2010) es una mediocre y previsible 'action movie', carente de algo parecido a una trama.
Pero inclusive para los limitados estándares del género, sus escenas de acción son estridentes y contrahechas, y el filme languidece mientras las persecuciones y batallas aumentan ad nauseaum...
Luego está el asunto de la dicción, eso es muy extraño: uno entendería que Jet Li no pronuncie adecuadamente el inglés, tal vez hasta de Rourke tras sus años desgastantes de boxeo real... ¿Pero qué pretexto tienen Stallone, Willis y los demás para hablar como si trajeran una bola de tabaco en el cachete?
I was very interested in seeing this film it looked like some cheesy action fun, did I get that no there's actually not too many action scenes in this film and when there are there pretty big but I guess there not too bad but the film as a whole was pretty bad I mean you have your bad acting (no surprise there) poor script (no surprise there) and then you have Bruce Willis standing over there waiting for a pay check (as we all know there's no surprise there) but if i had to say something thats good about this film its that mickey rourke is in it and its good to see all these big action stars together but it really dissapoints, this is an example of a movie that tries too hard to be something that its not but this movie could have easily been better than it was.
A very bad movie.
Got bored and tried to figure out which of these dinosaurs has the dangliest balls.......unfortunately they're all wearing efficient sporting underwear so it was a pointless exercise.
Solid enough actioner directed by and starring Stallone. Over choreographed CGI and violence make this a live-action comic strip without much heart - only Mickey Rourke's tattoo parlour tough and Stallone himself come out fully formed.
Also starring 80s faces Lundgren and Schwarzanegger, and everyman Bruce Willis as the man who orchestrates the noisy military coup.
So I just went to Netflix looking for something silly to watch and it seemed to suggest this.
Saw it years ago and didn't like it much, but I was in a bad mood and today I'm not, so what the hell.
It's much better than I remembered it being. Not good, but certainly not terrible.
It's fast paced and silly, with good action. I may even catch the second one again. Pretty much because I can watch Terry Crews in (almost) anything.
(Almost - because I'm not watching "Blended" anytime soon).
The Sam's Club of action movies.
I remember when this film came out, I really enjoyed, good action by the action heroes I used to watch.
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