A comprehensive, alphabetical list of films released in the United States that have been condemned by the Catholic Church since…
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 love this snippet from the Wikipedia entry for The Expendables:-
The Expendables received mixed reviews, praising the action scenes, but criticizing the lack of story.
Lack of story? In a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Gary Daniels and Stone Cold Steve Austin? Well I must say I'm shocked.
It's almost like when they made The Expendables that they were trying to make an old-fashioned action film. You know? Like the ones these guys made their career with that, generally, had a "lack of story"? It just makes you wonder about some critics, it really does. Criticising The Expendables for a lack of story is…
The epitome of musclehead, big gun, smoking cigars, explosions everywhere nonsense. Though it was consistently very enjoyable, it never really hit a really high fun peak like I was hoping it would. Stallone looked extra waxy in this one, like a melted candle.
Also, all things considered, it's very possibly the most retarded movie I've ever seen.
Story's predictable and not particularly well told. Directing's below average and the writing is all on one level - that's both the script and the characters. David Zayas really struggled, as did a few other side characters. The action is mostly sloppy, sometimes it's just plain crap with over the top CGI and relentless cuts.
Despite all that, it's a hard film to dislike. The flaws are there, and they are clear, but for an out-and-out full paced action film you get what you go in for. The main group all play the part well, it's a silly tone at times and the as a whole it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's dumb but it's quite fun and always watchable.
Well that was a lot of stupid fun.
So boring, with brief flashes of fun
"The Expendables" boasts a potentially fun concept -- bring together a bunch of stars, past and present, known almost exclusively as action heroes and put them all in the same movie. And it is fun for a while, especially as people like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger pop up in cameos. But by the time the movie is over, it's become a loud bore, and the cold-blooded manner in which the movie goes about satisfying its audience's bloodlust makes what should be a rousing and exciting finale instead rather disturbing and uncomfortable.
One must give co-writer, director and star Sylvester Stallone some credit though for keeping his ego in check. Otherwise, there's no way someone who looks as good as…
The Expendables is a fun movie to watch on your off time or with some friends.
"Now you know what I do for a living."
Let me first say that I enjoyed the film. Let me follow that by saying, in terms of plot and dialogue, this film is absolutely bankrupt. More a novelty film than anything, various old school action stars (Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren) and a host of young turks (Jason Statham, Jet Li) bring to the screen the tale of a team of mercenaries who use all their murderous might to help topple a corrupt government on a tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico, Vilena, population 6000 and change, a la various action movies from the 1970s through the 1990s. And you would think from the carnage displayed they killed a 1/3rd of the population in the course…
how much I like it (50): 37
how good it is (50): 33
overall (100): 70
An incomplete list of films ZMF has decreed "NOT OPTIONAL." If I missed anything, lemme know.