When I say that ‘everybody’ is in the movie The Expendables… I’m here to tell you, I mean EVERYBODY!
Look at this cast… Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Zayas. Heck, even Charisma Carpenter from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel is in it!
OK, here’s the deal… taken in large part from the back cover of the DVD package:
Sylvester Stallone is the leader of The Expendables, a tightly-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Mayhem ensues when, once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.
WOW! So, I’m thinking… yippee. An ‘old home week’ get-together of all the coolest 80’s and 90’s action-movie stars shooting off some big league fireworks, flexing muscles and generally blasting the bad guys all to hell. What could go wrong?
They opening shoot-em-up scene with Da Boys rescuing hostages from Somali pirates was just what the doctor ordered. Lots of bullets, blood and guts, and all round good old blasting. The ‘Mr Church’ scene with Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone just had me smiling all the way through it. Sly and Statham blowing up an entire dock load of goon squad soldiers was a lesson in priceless pyrotechnics. And Terry Crews has the most unbelievable kick-ass gun! There are lots of enjoyable fun bits throughout the movie and, as is to be expected, the climax of the movie delivers and delivers and just keeps topping itself.
My two cents… This is an über-guy movie. Sylvester Stallone knows his fan base, knows his audience and knows how to make a movie to appeal to that “guy” crowd. This movie is nothing more than what it purports to be… a whole lot of testosterone, bullets and explosives packed into a 93-minute opposite of a chick flick. I had a lot of fun. This is the kind of movie you watch on a big-screen TV with your buddies, some pizza, wings and cold beer.
Bottom line… If you’re into this kind of movie, you will have the time of your life. If you’re not… then stay away.
One and a half tough-guy mercenary thumbs up.
Oh and by the way…
I understand The Expendables II is scheduled to be released next year!