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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…
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I feel this movie is a lost opportunity. I found the movie really boring, One thing about men on a mission movie is that you have to put the team in a suicide mission were many of the character would die. The characters just mow down thru the bad guys with very little trouble. You don't get any feeling of a threat. This movie feels like playing doom with the god cheat code, it feel really boring.
They did a movie with our heroes, they not tried to make an interessting story, they wrote some "trashy" self-deprecating dialogues and they did some unrealistic action. What do we want more for a Luxus-Trash-Film
The Expendables is a really fun action film with a cool concept and awesome action.
All this film had to be was an onslaught of action scenes featuring the action stars of the 80s and 90s, but instead we got a film that was mostly made of Sylvester Stallone having emotional talks with Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham going through trouble with his ex-wife. This film clearly didn't know what it wanted to be. But as just an action movie, I didn't find the action scenes that enjoyable. Now granted there are some moments I enjoyed, but really the main action scene seemed like they built a set and then just wrote the script based on what they should blow up. Overall, the Expendables just comes off to me as a missed opportunity. I give the Expendables a 3/10
“Who sent you?” “Your hairdresser.”
Sometimes you just need to watch a mindless action movie. If you find yourself in need of such a movie, this is the film for you. Simple plotline, car chases, explosions, and thousands of rounds of gunfire. Plus an ensemble cast of all (almost... just wait for Expendables 2) the action film greats. Some of the sequences are pretty impressive (the plane at the pier), even though some dialogue scenes slow things down a bit too much. I think this film drags on a little longer than it should have, but it is still decent for what it is. Overall, a decent, very loud action film.
Oh fuck yeah. Absolutely bad ass. Needed more arnie and willis.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Action is the only thing that really matters here, what with the flimsy setup to take out a bad guy general and the bad-guy-in-a-suit who really runs things (played by Eric Roberts). As the poster shows, there are quite a few well-known supporting players making up Stallone's squad. Willis is the CIA honcho who hires Stallone and co. for the gig, and Rourke is the zen-type tattoo artist who gives advice (of a sort) but doesn't go into battle with the gang. Lots of good action, and Stallone isn't afraid to show that he's aging and can't quite handle every big baddie that he has to fight. Good stuff.
Fun b-action, that is not afraid of what it is. Well, okay, maybe during the action scenes. Otherwise Sly would have let us see what the fuck was going on. Seriously, that's how you NOT pay homage to the classic action flicks of the 80s. Apart from that: not un-entertaining.
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?