Movie Review: The Expendables (2010)


The Expendables made me happy. Not because it was the smartest movie in town, but it was the most action-packed-- a true throwback to the 1980's action film formula.

The cast of action stars is stellar: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke. Add to that the cameos of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have an unprecedented collection of action heroes. My only beef with the cast is that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan were not part of the cast.

The story is as generic as most action films. A group of mercenaries are hired for mission and it changes from a simple job into a personal mission. In the film, guns are a-blazin', buildings are blown up, and stunts are as common as not-so-intelligent dialogue. But all of that make the film appealing and a potential film franchise. One more thing: watch out for the some of the best hand-to-hand fighting scenes in recent memory (Thanks to Randy Couture and Steve Austin).

Cast member Dolph Lundgren described The Expendables as "an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other." I couldn't agree more.


Rating: 3/5


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