A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…
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…
I'm not really surprised that The Expendables sucked. I expected as much, but my inner 10 year old compelled me to go anyway. Of course given how enjoyable Stallone's last effort was (Rambo IV) I actually thought that there might be a chance it wouldn't. At the end of the day I could deal with the lame, 80's tough guy dialog, the cock tease action star cameos, the fringe celebrities passed off as star power and the barely there plot, but the action was shot like sh!t and the effects were some of the worst I've ever seen for a film of this scale. When you go to a movie solely with the notion of watching iconic action stars blow…
For a popcorn flick, I quite liked it. Only problem was the action, I couldn't see a fucking thing.
Expendables makes me sleepy.
Existen películas que son el espejo de quien las realiza. Algo que si bien valdría para cualquier clase de película —pues toda creación es siempre el reflejo de aquellos que la realizan—, es especialmente acuciados en algunos proyectos en particular. Y lo es no porque se pongan más partes de uno mismo o haya una intención clara de cristalizar nuestra personalidad en ella, sino porque su ineptitud nos permite ver, en toda su gloriosa desnudez, los fracasos que se esgrimen sin ocultar ni disimular entre ecos de lo que se pretendía que hubiera sido.
Eso es «Los Mercenarios». La película de acción definitiva que apenas sí logra ser acción, que resulta reumática, torpe, y, de algún modo extraño, la puerta de entrada que permitió toda la verdadera oleada de nueva acción. ¿Pero ella en sí? No es más que una anciana triste, astringente y con pérdidas de orina que, eso sí, luce tatuajes y cicatrices con orgullo guerrero.
Que el guión parezca escrito por un mono es perdonable.
Que, con el elenco estelar que tiene, sea tan inmensamente ABURRIDA, pues no.
Aún no he terminado de verla pero es que me quiero echar a dormir ya.
Also gestern hab ich dann auch endlich geschafft mir den neuen Sly reinzuziehen. Ich kann sagen, dass die 6,50 (inkl. Logenaufschlag) sich gelohnt haben. Das Kino war bis auf den letzten Platz voll und das war für die Stimmung ideal. Den kompletten Film über kam aus verschiedensten Ecken Gelächter. Das lag nicht zuletzt am ironischen Unterton, den Sly und seine Jungs drauf haben. Insgesamt ganz großes Popcorn Kino für Erwachsene, die ihre Helden der 80er nochmal auf der Leinwand sehen wollen.
Nun kommen wir mal zum Film an sich. Solider Actioner im Stil seiner Hauptdarsteller, also im Stil der 80er. Story, hm...? War das ne Frage... naja wer hier ne tiefgründige verwinkelte Story sucht, der wird wohl derbst enttäuscht. Auf…
Holy shit this movie is the best action-pack film of my years i've seen it in cinemas it was awesome, i've seen the uncut version it's fun. But and i'll repeat that, that. this film is fanfuckingtasic when you watch the Extended Director's Cut ten times more fun, ten time more epic and ten times the fun, action and the story is more better in this version with epic better songs. this movie gets my five star rating coz of it's extended cut. And i recommend to get the extended cut on Blu-ray