In a movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Gary Daniels, and Arnold Schwarzeneeger there is not much you can do wrong. It’s a movie you have to go into knowing what you will get with the men it stars. If you have never seen any of these guys in a movie, or if you have seen them in a movie and you hated it, then I would recommend you pass. But, if you have a sense of nostalgia and a small smile crosses your face just knowing who is in this movie then this is a must see.
A pure, fun, explosive action movie, The Expendables is everything you had hoped it would be. Cheesy one liners, clunky (but funny) dialouge, big muscles, big guns, and big explosions comprise one of the best non-thinking movies of the summer. Stallone wrote this and it shows, but you just have to go in knowing that Stallone is not Shakespeare and that is okay. What is lacking in plot and dialouge is more than made up for in ass kicking and gun toting.
It was fun to see all these action favorites in one place, and if you like me wondered when Terry Crews became and action star, don’t worry he carries it off perfectly. There was some worry at the beginning of the movie that he would be cast to the side and forgotten as the funny black guy, but when he started kicking ass it was epic. Stallone did an excellent job of making sure everyone in the whole cast got plenty of screen time, which is no easy task with a group this large. Stallone and Statham were clearly the stars, but it did not detract from getting see your other heroes in action.
There was a section before the final battle where things started to drag. Stallone tried to squeeze in some emotion (with a tear strained story from Mickey Rourke) and forced romance (in the form of the beautiful generals daughter, who was far too young to be a love interest for Stallone). Luckily, after about 10 minutes of this he moved back to what made this movie rock, the action. And I was completely impressed that he didn’t write in a kiss with the generals daughter at the end.
This movie is in no way perfect, but its perfect for what it is, a showcase for some washed up and semi-washed up action stars that still hold a special place in all of our hearts.
Elizabeth’s two cents
This movie was everything that I wanted it to be minus a body count on the bottom of the screen. If you like classic Stallone action movies then this is for you!
4 out of 5 sawed off shotgun blasts!