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Summary: Barney (Sylvester Stallone) leads a ragtag band of hired guns charged with overthrowing a South American despot, a job no official military unit is willing to touch. But once on the ground, the team learns there's more to the mission than they were told. Their next move determines whether they survive -- or are, indeed, expendable.
It obviously wants to pay homage to the ensemble shoot 'em up action flicks of the 80s, but sloppy writing and a noticeable lack of chemistry between the members of the ensemble leave this fucker dead in the water. Mickey Rourke's character manages to inject a little humanity into this shit, but he feels out of place given his surroundings.
It didn't work for me either as a legitimately good movie, or a so-bad-it's-good movie. If they were going for so-bad-it's-good, it needed FAR more mindless action, explosions, fighting, and so on. Another big problem is that Sylvester Stallone really tries to steal the show, when he should be giving all these huge stars equal screen time. I don't think there's even one point where Jet Li gets in a decent martial-arts fight and does well. And that seems like it would be obligatory in this movie.
The movie is a pile of cliches and veterans of action movies of the 80s. I dont know if this is a criticism, the idea seems to be that same. But I was never a big fan of this type of film, is so boring explosions and meaningless fights. Anyway, the movie seems to fulfill what is proposed, be an old and unpretentious action movie.
Meh, it's fun enough, but really nothing that stays with you. The characters are even more one-dimensional than most action movies, and the only actors that stood out at all to me is Li, maybe because he at least has one character quirk (touchy about his height). The Arnold/Stallone/Willis scene was quite fun, and I wish there was more of Arnold and Bruce in the movie.
Its exactly what you would expect from a movie that just threw in as many action stars as possible. Nothing really "good" per say, but enjoyable nonetheless. This is another one of those movies that may get a low score in terms of how well it was made, but deserves a watch in the theaters if for nothing more than the insane shotgun Terry Crews uses at the end.
With a cast of legendary action heros the Expendables sadly hasn't anything other to deliver. The plot is non-existing and dialogue is hilariously bad between the black and white characters. The Expandables was made for pure action, yet it fails short on that front. It's outright boring and is forgotten as soon as the credits are shown.
It feels like the kind of action movie I would create, I would have no idea how to create a fantastic plot, sculpt a films visuals or choreograph the fight scenes but I would compensate for all this by having every action hero actor who exists in the film and give them a ludicrous array of weaponry to create mass chaos with!!
Mother of all action films. Any movie that features Randy Couture pile-driving a FLAMING Stone Cold Steve Austin is alright in my book. Also it's funny at times. Definitely surpassed my expectations, and one of my favorite movies of 2010.
When Arnie shows up, it becomes pretty damn obvious that neither him, nor Stallone, nor Bruce Willis are in the same room. Then it becomes a game of spotting the poorly placed stand-ins and reflecting on how it must suck to recite lines and not actually be talking to anyone. As a bonus it's pretty obvious the script is completely constructed around actors' schedules. I hope in the sequel, they take things one steps further and simply shoot the entire movie at the big name actors' mansions.
Plotwise this film....no wait, let's not go there. This film features: Lots and lots of knives and big explosions, amusing cameos by Willis and Arnold Scwarzenegger, Terry Crews wielding the biggest piece of machine gun since ol' Painless, a Li vs. Lundgreen fight and Sly (Rambo?) leading a team of mercenaries whose masterplan is to infiltrate an island...only to blow it up. This is an action movie like my mother used to make 'em. Come to think of it: It does actually feature a "Yo' Mamma" joke.
The acting was poor, the plot wasnt really any good and the dialoges was kind of.. well short. But was I entertained? Absolutely! Put together some of Hollywoods biggest meat-heads, and give them big guns.. Also the shotgun scene is legendary. Solid entertainment.
It's like a match made in heaven, lots of action stars coming together to make a badass film, only it didn't quite turn out that way. Story was boring, action scenes were semi-decent, too many actors and so few time for them. Just a mess through and through.
We already know dictators like small islands from Commando, we already know soldiers like listening to CCR from Predator, and we already know Schwarzenegger wants to be President from Demolition Man. (See how that comes back around?) And while copying those plots doesn't really matter - actually, it might be the point - some freaking verve would do the trick. But everyone is sleepwalking, so I was asleep.
Nowhere near as bad as I figured it would be, this movie does a great job of appealing to the old school action flicks from the 80's and early 90's, without being over the top with the cheese. I'm guessing this movie wasn't exactly what many expected or wanted, but I certainly enjoyed it. A little to much attention was put on Statham and Stallone, to the extent pretty much none of the other stars have much going on except killing stuff. Yet, in Couture and Austin's case that is a good thing.
Feels like a 'dad rock' action film not just because of the soundtrack choices. I don't really know what I was expecting, but most things would have been better than this soulless montage of terrible CGI gore effects. No one has mentioned the disturbing fact that Stallone looks almost exactly like David Gest.