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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…
Aardige no-nonsense, verstand-op-nul actiefilm
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I dunno how I’ve managed to never see an Expendables film but at least now I’m correcting it with a nice little BD Trilogy Box Set. Sadly the BD presentation of the first film is frankly terrible with some atrocious colours, crushed blacks and overbearing noise. The audio isn’t much better, either, coming with only a 7.1 option you have to have a very specific set up to get anything out this disc audio wise which is a shame given the amount of the film that is made up of explosions.
You know that feeling when you meet a girl for a few minutes and you’re so into her principles that you and your mercenary buddies end up invading an…
Just take it as it is, it is just big goofy fun.
It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the CGI blood and overall crappy effects. Meh.
Great to see the action stars in the same movies. I did enjoy the movie. But more than that, I was very glad to see them again.
Once in a while, as I’m watching a movie, a half-formed thought or question I’ve had will be voiced by someone on the big screen. It happened again this last weekend; during this macho mishmash of movie mayhem, mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) asks his associate, Lee Christmas (Statham), “What’s wrong with this picture?” Christmas replies, “Everything.”
If you paid any attention to the trailers for this movie, you already know what you’re in for; just extrapolate another 90 minutes, and you’ll pretty much arrive at the same picture. Stallone & pals aim to spare you all that extra imagination and effort, so just sit back, breathe through your mouth, and enjoy a testosterone-infused action reverie that promises a return to the big-budget action movie tradition of the ’80s, where the body count is high, and the demands on intellect are low to nonexistent.
Solid intro to the series.
The Expendables gives a solid premise, promising a fun 80s throwback movie. However it fails horribly at this by singlehandedly showcasing all the problems with modern action films (fake blood, quick cuts, sped up stunts) in one boring movie.
Roll call for action cinema’s ‘best and brightest’ (which apparently only means male) underutilises most and comes off as frequently half-baked and boring, with only glimmers of interesting set-pieces against a tiresome storyline.
The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.