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.
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 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.
Dudes who are super into this movie are also into "totally carbing out" and those tapout shirts with the tribal motifs and skulls all over them and shit. They get kanji tattoos that they think mean things like "POWER" and "STRENGTH". They eat brogurt. Yes. Brogurt is a thing. Don't believe me? Google 'powerful yogurt'.
A movie so manly it chews bricks like chewing gum.
Barney Ross - What's wrong with this picture?
Lee Christmas - Everything.
"Men on a Mission Movies" have existed since the dawn of time. They usually have very simplistic plots, a huge cast of heroes, simple characterization, very little plot development and very little character development.
Sometimes a film might expand on one of those, but usually the formula stays the same. This has been used in everything from samurai films, westerns, war movies, science fiction... you name it and they've done it. A lot of these have ended up being classics, some of them masterpieces. This isn't one of them.
The Expendables has one thing going for it, and one thing only: stunt casting. That is what the film…
Agrāk domāju-interesanti,kas būtu, ja vienā filmā saliktu visus ierastos superkrutos čaļus: Stalloni, Ārniju utt. Tagad par to vairs nav jādomā - viņi visi ir vienā filmā :D
Kaunīgi jāatzīst, ka filma bija skatāma. Protams, viens overkills sekoja otram, bet - ko gan citu var gaidīt no šādas filmas? Neko.
Labi, atzīšu, ka ''bāze'' tetovēšanās salonā likās interesanta ideja.
Nemitīgs, action un šis tas smieklīgs. Izklaides filma, kurā viss ir kruts :D
Guns, explosions, forgettable storyline, action film at its best.
Wait, what the fuck even happens in this film?!
There was so much expectation when this movie was originally announced, as some of the greatest action stars of the 80′s assembled together on screen for the first, and possibly last, time. A loving throwback to the golden age of action movies, the kind of movies you just didn’t see in cinemas anymore. How could it fail? At it’s worst it would at least be a guilty pleasure. A bit of mindless popcorn fun.
Sadly The Expendables turns out to be a huge disappointment whichever way you look at it. A poor script (plus some incredibly ill-advised ad-libbing), a cliched simplistic plot (mercenaries attempt to kill a dictator on a fictional South American island), often messy direction and some awful…
Wow this was horrible. Stupid. Much worse than I remembered.
Did a child write the script?
Stallone: "What's wrong with this picture?"
I have nothing to add.
Like a shit version of The Avengers with 80s/90s macho men. It's 90% explosions, 10% biceps and 0% substance.
It was alright, nothing more
Bunch of mercenaries accept a mission to overthrow a dictator. Revivalist actioner crams as many '80s and '90s movie macho men as possible in loosely assembled pretext for screen violence. The fun of seeing aging stars wearing their own faces as masks works for a while but quickly loses steam in a routine parade of slaughter and fireballs.