The Expendables (2010)
The Expendables is everything you would expect it to be, I mean let’s be honest, you have a movie that pools together all of the most memorable action superstars of 20 years and give them guns, what do you really think is going to happen? The movie has more murder per minute than the standard modern day action and the fight choreography had me grinning from ear to ear with every situation.
The boys are rough, muscles raw, threaded, aged, and for that the corps that called themselves Expendable was believable. These old action stars looked very much like professionals and when it came time to dance it was something to witness. Sylvester Stallone plays Barney Ross the leader of The Expendables, a collective of ex military mercs. His men are played out by action vets Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren. Randy Couture and Terry Cruise are a part of the team with Mickey Rourke playing Tool a knife expert, tattoo artist and a mentor and big brother to Barney and the boys. Statham is his standard – the ultra charismatic, ladies man and his back and forth with Stallone was so genuine that you immediately grasp that the two guys are tighter than brothers. Strangely enough the lines are done so well that the few exchanges Dolph has with Stallone brings about the same feeling, these guys seemed blood tight.
The formula of having these men be so close in their brotherhood is done in a way that I haven’t seen in many movies. Typically they beat you over the head with dialogue and flashbacks in order to have you believe the closeness, but director Stallone got it across through two things. 1. Whenever a brother was in trouble another was always there to back him up, 2. As hardcore and macho as these men were they were not afraid to cry and open up to one another. This was done so flawlessly that it just made sense, so when the hell breaks loose and the bullets began to fly, you knew deep in your heart that none of these guys were truly “expendable” to one another. They move in, handle business and made sure that everyone got out. It was The A-Team on growth hormone, it is an action lover’s buffet of goodies. The Expendables kicked ass.
If you are expecting a story that will blow you away and provoke thought, then use your ticket to go and see Inception. If you are a fan of Rambo, Commando, Die Hard, The Transporter and Kiss of The Dragon then you should go and see this. I had no disappointment and the pacing, action, silliness and unreal, over-the-top killings was damn near perfect. I mean, it even had the coolest of bad guys to boot, who you may ask? Eric Frikkin Roberts thats who, a bad guy that I can’t bring myself to hate… just like Christopher Walken. They both make me smile when they try to be bad but I digress, the Expendables is all that folks. Go check it out!