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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 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…
Thought this might be silly fun from a nostalgia angle. I was wrong.
I think that it's tempting to try and separate critical ratings from fun ratings. I mean, how often have we read something to the effect of "It's not a very good movie, but it sure was fun." Hell, I've written lines like that. But if fun isn't an important part of escapist cinema, then I don't know what the fuck we're doing watching movies in the first place.
The Expendables is fun, full stop. It's absurd, ridiculous, and suffers from a variety of script ailments. It's a movie that has so many assets that it doesn't know how to properly highlight any of them. Jason Statham's shining moment, for example, doesn't come in the climax of the film, but in…
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I really wanted to like this movie. I usually love action films. There were some amazing action scenes, but it just couldn't save this movie. I thought the dialogue was past the point of silly to just annoying and I didn't think anything with the story was really explained. Was Stallone's character dating the woman beforehand or did he just fall in love while he was with her for 5 seconds or did he never like her and just save her? I was hoping I would like this and would go on to watch the other movies in the series, but I really can't see ever watching any more in this series.
oh my fucking god
I remember being super psyched before this was coming out. What a great idea - bring in all the monster names for one last major action flick.
In the end, the execution isn't all that great but it is still good fun in the old fashion not-giving-a-fuck kinda way. The story is utter shit but they know it and just roll with it, having some fun on the way.
Some funny moments too. Like Stallone's disgusting goatee or the way he looks like he is gonna trip any second every time he tries to run.
What I really wanna see now is the equivalent movie bringing in all the really classic guys. I'm talking Michael Gambon, Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Sean Connery. Maybe sprinkle in some Patrick Stewart and Geoffrey Rush. I'm sure there are more names I'm forgetting.
You can almost see the testosterone leaking off the screen...at the same rate you can feel you IQ dropping. The Expendables: with this cast, concept and genre (80s trash action revisit) COULD have been a lot better, but it could've been a lot worse. Worst parts are the uninspired plot, often clunky dialogue, and the final carnage which becomes pretty repetitive after a while. Direction is adequate but nothing special, too few original set pieces, really only a couple of memorable mano-a-mano fisticuffs - one involving the Stath and a basketball, the other a Swede and a Chinaman.
Thus disappointing in a way, but my expectations weren't set too high, and thus I got a kick outta these tough guys…
I know that I'm not the target audience for this film, but it seemed this film was going to be a tongue-in-cheek, ironic love story to 80's action movies. Nope. Stallone takes himself way too seriously.
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.
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.