Because fragile masculinity and stuff.
Scenes where men loudly crying are played for "jokes" (a lá Adam Sandler) will not…
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…
Tonight I watched this movie.
Après le visionnement en salle et une ou deux fois à la maison, on est rendu au director's cut de ce premier volet de la série de Sylvester Stallone. À ma grande surprise, cette version a été pas mal retravaillée, avec le retour de certains choix scénaristiques et musicaux ayant été éliminés pour la version en salle, surtout dû aux avis de faire avancer plus rapidement le métrage.
Je demeurais quand même appréhensif au départ, débutant déjà avec certaines différences, mais au final, même si le doute subsiste en cours de route, on termine avec un projet beaucoup plus réussi à plusieurs niveaux. Les ajouts ici et là démontrent une vision plus prononcé des personnages, réduisant le nombre de clichés…
Puro entretenimento que homenageia o estilo "brucutu" (badass) do gênero de ação que fez tanto sucesso entre os anos de 70/80/90!! O diretor Sylvester Stallone (Rambo IV, 2008) reuniu uma verdadeira seleção de astros para fazer um filme que dês de sua proposta já deixa bem claro que não é para ser levado a sério. Com um elenco estelar que conta com ninguém menos que: O próprio Sylvester Stallone (Rambo IV, 2008), Jason Statham (The Transporter, 2002), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, 1985), Steve Austin (The Condemned, 2007), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, 2008), Bruce Willis (Die Hard, 1988), Jet Li (Hero, 2002), Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, 1984) entre outros!!! Com muitas explosões, perseguições e pancadarias, o filme é cheio de problemas…
As much as I wanted to like this stupid throwback to 80s action, it's just not good.
Watched the extended directors cut, which is definitely the superior version. The Expendables is a fun action movie that brought together several huge stars while also telling a story that actually had strong charcter moments. Again, see the director's cut for more of those small, but important, character moments. While I like both sequels, neither one compares to the first. Stallone's direction is excellent, the characters are strong, and the action scenes, while over the top towards the end, are well choreographed and a lot of fun. How can you beat the scene where their plane makes a strafing run on a dock, followed up by an aviation fuel soaked explosion?
By the way, I can't wait to see the remake in 30 years with the action stars of this generation trying to hold onto their youth.
The epitome of musclehead, big gun, smoking cigars, explosions everywhere nonsense. Though it was consistently very enjoyable, it never really hit a really high fun peak like I was hoping it would. Stallone looked extra waxy in this one, like a melted candle.
Also, all things considered, it's very possibly the most retarded movie I've ever seen.
Well that was a lot of stupid fun.
So boring, with brief flashes of fun
Kept at ten. as before, applied to my conception of Sly as an artist; don't @ me
Multiply thoughts pending…