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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…
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.
¡CLICHÉS Y TESTOSTERONA POR DOQUIER! ¡TIROTEOS! ¡EXPLOSIONES! ¿¿POR QUÉ ESTOY GRITANDO??
I liked the part with the explosion.
El sueño de poner a los grandes actores de films de acción juntos en un film, haciendo lo que mejor saben: matar. La peli en general cumple, tiene las escenas de acción bien distribuidas a lo largo del film, para en general combatir cualquier sensación de aburrimiento que pueda tener el espectador. Y es que a Stallone (el director) le da especialmente por ponerse psicológico en este film, buscando que la misión final por ayudar a una joven latina de liberar a su patria del dictador de su padre, y de su amigo narcotraficante de la CIA, sea casi un tema de redención. Unos mercenarios que han matado y han visto todo tipo de mierdas por dinero van a acabar…
The Expendables should be a great action film with an all star cast but it just feels so boring. The directing is dull and so are some of the actors, skip this and watch the second one.
I don't know if a movie could hit its target any better. Get a pile of action stars together to make a goofy action picture and it works great. They all know what they are doing. The movie practically makes itself.
Idea nicked from Graham and Lou - though there's probably loads of others doing this.
Basically these are the worst…