The Expendables

The Expendables

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Directed by : Sylvester Stallone

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A hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an inno...more

The Expendables Audience Review

Utterly Disposable!

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The much touted return of the old-school action flick by Sylvester Stallone had action-fans drooling all over themselves at the prospects being offered. This was an itch most had been waiting to scratch since the 1980s passed us by. After the brutal fourth installment of Rambo that came out in 2007, Stallone suddenly seemed to be making a comeback into territory that he had once claimed as his own; action flicks. Unfortunately all the hoopla and expectations fall flat upon viewing the final product.

The Expendables are six soldiers of fortune lead by Barney (Sylvester Stallone). The team includes;

1.Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) Barneys right hand man and an expert knife thrower.
2.Yin (Jet Li) The hand-to-hand combat expert
3.Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) The heavy-gunner
4.Toll Road (Randy Couture) The demolitions expert
5.Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) The slightly crazy sniper

The team is offered a job by the mysterious Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) to assassinate the dictator of the fictional country of Vilena. Barney takes up the job as just another paycheck offer but begins to slowly believe in the service this would do to the country of Vilena and his own fractured soul. Thus what was professional once turns personal with the rest of the team following him like a loyal dirty half-dozen.

The movies main USP, its action itself is found lacking in several departments. The fast-cut edits and unorthodox camera placements make the action incomprehensible at times. Plus during the night scenes its far too dark to clearly make out what is going on. The fist-fight between Gunner & Yin promises a lot but delivers nothing but a huge disappointment. Even the climax though has a few Damn! moments; never really shines. The only action sequence worth the price of the admission is the strafing run Barney & Lee perform in a plane on a port; ultimately blowing it up.

The writing is a let-down but movies like this never claim to have a strong plot. The one thing sorely lacking is an availability of quotable one-liners like maybe, Ill be back or something like those we had back in the day. This reminds of the one bright spot in the movie, a five minute scene involving Stallone, Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger; easily one of the best things in the movie with some pretty funny banter between the leads.

Like any decent action movie this one too needed worthy adversaries and heroes we can root for; no such luck here. You have seen these guys play the same role a million times before & most do not even get an opportunity to make this one memorable.

The Expendables has little or nothing to recommend other than one solid action sequence and one five minute action-star reunion cameo. The action is an incomprehensible and boring mess most of the time, the plot is unintelligible and the actings just about passable. If you really dying to watch this movie, then my advice to you is wait for it to arrive on DVD.