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The Expendables

2010 film directed by Sylvester Stallone

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"The Expendables" Such an incorrect name for these guys!

  • Aug 13, 2010

For a while I've gotten tired of the "new" guard of action movies.  Usually too stylized with little guys running around.  Too much bullet time and taking themselves so seriously.  Stallone knew what worked in the 80s of headbanging, gun barrel melting fun and he transplants that here perfectly.  The fact that these guys have a name like "Expendable" somehow meaning that they could be thrown away is a crime to waste such gusto and cool.

The plot is pure 80's of a tough guy squad going to get into a bananna republic (or in this case a cocaine republic) and overthrow an ex American agent whos thrown his weight and money around and taken control of the Government.  The guys on the team range from the old guard like Stallone and Lundgren and the new chopsocky heroes like Jason Statham and Jet Li who manage to pull their weight considering the company they're in and having some others along for the ride guns blasting and knives and fists flying.

Was I entertained?  Do I love pizza?  YES.  It's rare that I go into movies anymore and expect much and get it ten fold!  There is so much cool and awesome in this movie, you could squeeze the projector and sell the juice in stores called awesome juice.  Some people deride 80's action movies as being dumb and ridiculous but thats what makes this movie so awesome.  It takes pride in it's silly nature and pays no attention to elements around it that would only remind the movie how illogical a lot of it is.

The movie trailer INDEED had hype and this movie delivered.  NO dissapointments walking out of this one.

This movie has just come out and with the star power and word of mouth it's gotten it will remain mainstream.  The fact that it's as good as it is, makes that a certainty. 

The Expendables gets a 5 all the way for it's rating.  Especially the scene where we have John McClane, John Matrix and John Rambo all together in one scene.  The names of 80's action assembled for the first time on screen together.  Yes it's a short scene and it delivers exposition but damn it it's awesome with Stallone getting a nice remark about Arnie at his introduction for the world that THEY shared of the 80's and then a nice cap off to the meeting at the end which gets the movie's biggest laugh.  People who say Stallone is untalented need a look at his work for the last 5 years.

Do you love 80's action and adventure?  Do you miss those days where the bad guys spout stupid lines meant to be intimidating and cool but come off as corny, or finding plot points that make no sense only to them?  Do you like Stallone?  You know if this movie is for you.  Some people will say that this movie doesn't take itself seriously at all, that plot points are dumb or nonsense and logic is short.  I think Stallone knew that when he put this together and also that was kind of the point.  I don't know if calling this a deconstruction of the action hero movie is entirely accurate but this movie hits enough of the cliches and points that the argument could be made, especially when Mickey Rourke as a former member of Stallones bad ass squad rambles on and on about an old mission that he was on that is supposed to be poignant but has just enough details for Stallone to hear it as poetry and then go save the day and be a hero.

This movie is pure fun and action filled including a finale so explosion and fire filled that you swear the movie is going to burn the theater down.  When people said that Transformers 2 was a pure popcorn garbage film they weren't kidding.  The Expendables is the complete opposite of that, it's a pure popcorn movie that belongs anywhere OTHER then the garbage can.  They may be called the Expendables but don't you dare discard them.

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August 15, 2010
Yes indeed this was a great flick, it is about time there was another FUN film like this out there.
August 13, 2010
Yup. You pretty much summed up the film perfectly! Gosh, the theater was loud! Look at the poster--remember when the star's name was bigger than the movie title? Boy this sure was a FUN flick!
August 13, 2010
Maybe that was why the stars names are so big in that opening.
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review by . August 13, 2010
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A Glowing TRIBUTE To ACTION Heroes And Action Movies!!
Remember the good ol’ 80’s and the 90’s when action movies that channeled unreasonable amounts of male testosterone ran rampant in the Multiplexes? Well, if you’re a fan of those movies, you will definitely DIG writer/director Sylvester Stallone’s “THE EXPENDABLES”. It is a film that boasts of a cast made of several action stars and pays homage to the action heroes and movies that gave us the entertainment that seemed all but forgotten in this age of remakes, …
review by . September 16, 2012
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* out of ****    "The Expendables" is, simply put, a missed opportunity. I really do dig what Sylvester Stallone, operating from both ends of the camera as co-writer/director and star, is trying to do by bringing together a few of the action genre's biggest stars from now-and-then and putting them all in one movie; but his reach can't even be said to exceed his grasp, because there honestly isn't enough ambition in this picture for me to even admire it in such regards. While …
review by . November 14, 2010
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There was a time when you could rely on a bad action film to at least supply you with action. "The Expendables," which is said to be an homage to the guy films of the 1980s and 1990s, doesn't give you action so much as a blur of images chopped together so badly, you can barely revel in the violence they're meant to depict. What's the point in creating scene after scene of shootings and stabbings and explosions when the camera doesn't linger long enough on the aftermath? …
review by . November 15, 2010
This movie is exactly what I wanted it to be. A bunch of out dated eighties stars killing brown and black people. The worst thing that could have happened to this movie is if it became a social commentary. That is probably the only bullet that gets dodged in this one.      Sly Stallone co-wrote, directs, and stars in a movie about mercenaries for hire. Their newest mission is to stop a South American dictator with a connection to drugs and the CIA, holy god even the headline …
review by . September 27, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 16, 2010
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My son saw it and said it was real good. Looking forward to finding some time to get to this. Haven't seen a really good action flick like this since Inglorius Basterds.
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
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Packed with some of the best action stars, The Expendables runs on explosions, fight scenes and the pure thrill of action. If you want a good time with a wonderful cast, action and humor, then this one is for you.
Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
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Rip roaring action adventure in the old 80's sense. Keeps going, rarely lets up and takes everyones names.
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  • The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. The film follows a group of elite mercenaries, charged with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator. The film is an homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early 1990s, and stars an array of action veterans from those decades, including Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (the latter two in cameo roles), as well as more recent stars such as Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Steve Austin.
  • They might be expendable, but they sure are durable:The Expendablesis crammed with well-traveled action heroes, called to a summit meeting here to capture some of that good old ultraviolent '80s-movie feel. Star-director Sylvester Stallone rides herd as the leader of this mercenary band, which includes Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Stallone's oldRocky Vnemesis Dolph Lundgren. Mickey Rourke, looking like a car wreck on Highway 61, plays the tattoo artist who communicates the gang's assignments to Stallone; throw in Terry Crews and Ultimate Fighting champ Randy Couture, and you've got a badass crew indeed. The specifics here involve a Latin American island where US interests have mucked up the local politics beyond repair--but when Sly's eye is caught by the feisty ...
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    Director: Sylvester Stallone
    Genre: Action, Adventure
    Release Date: August 13th, 2010
    MPAA Rating: R
    Runtime: 103 mins
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