Published On: Tue, Aug 17th, 2010

MovieMikes Review of ‘The Expendables’


By: Mike Gencarelli

Seems like a no brainer, take every kick-ass action hero and put them into one movie and it should be amazing right? Nope. Doesn’t work like that for this movie. It sounded like a great idea on paper but has problem on the big screen. If you are making an action movie with such a great cast, make it an action movie purely. This movie tries too hard to have a story. I stand by the fact that if you do action, screw the plot and let the make sure the action kicks ass. There is one short scene in the beginning that is a gun fight not really action and then we have to wait about 30 minutes for the next action scene.

The film is about a group of mercenaries for hire lead by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone). Like I mentioned about the first scene you see the crew on a mission but it is really brief. The next and only other mission they get is from Mr. Church (Bruce Willis, in his one scene) and they are sent to Vilena, South America to to kill their leader Garza. That sounds easier enough. But unfortunately then they have to put in a girl who is a love interest for Barney, who just messes up the action flow. One thing that I had a problem with was that besides Stallone there is so much great talent in the film Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke and they all get the back seat. My main problem is Stallone. He tries to be the head action guy but it is almost hard even to look at him throughout the movie. Don’t get me wrong…he IS bad-ass but it is probably past his time.

So far everything has been leaning to the negative side but here is some good points. The last 25 minutes are killer and that is when the action finally sets in and rocks. Besides good action, the film action has some good gore as well. It does not cheap The one liners in the film are classic and almost embarrassingly bad but its somehow works. I might even go as far as saying that the film is actually worth seeing just for the closing action sequence. I am sure we will be seeing the return of “The Expendables” in a sequel after this weekends #1 box office performance with $35 million. If anyone is listening, just make round two focus on the action!

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Rated R
Running time: 105 minutes

MOVIE MIKES SCORE: 2 out of 5 stars

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