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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…
Was dead-tired after work last night, so the first, and for a while the only, thing I did was turning on the TV and laying back on the couch. With a lack of options, I ended up seeing this again, just to see if it was as cool as my dad would have you believe. It was not. But I suppose it works as a "I dont have anything else to watch, and I'm too tired to move" kind of thing..
I went to see The Expendables with some friends, my friends walked out muttering "corny" or "unbelievable" among other things, I on the other hand thought it was great fun. I asked if any of them had seen Rambo, The terminator, Universal solider, Crank, Commando...I listed pretty much everything you can think of. Terminator and Crank aside they had seen none, and I told them they lived a deprived childhood. I understand why the action films and stars of the 80's may seem "corny" nowadays, but that doesn't take away from the fact that a lot of them were excellent entertainment, and that these stars had something...I mean they wouldn't have been as famous as they were if they were…
you got all these famous action stars and what do you do?
a dick measuring contest between all of them
its pretty good cause of that ngl
A good old fashioned action-man movie. Stallone and his crew of wrinkly old mercenaries break out the big guns and sharp knives and kill and blow up everything in sight.
Loads of action, loads of exploding bodies and great fun too boot to be had here. Jason Statham stands out amongst the crowd as our knife loving merc with the Jiu Jitsu moves.
How to even rate this...
The only 80's movie made in the 10's
Superior to its sequences - with no doubt!
For what it is supposed to be, it should not invoke this many yawns.
originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.