The Expendables (2010)

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The Expendables has to be one of THE most eagerly awaited films of 2010. If you missed all the hype then no doubt you have been living on a distant planet away from earth. It could possibly be the first film in movie history to cast so many action stars. The film itself pays homage to the action movies of the 80’s, in particular to the old Stallone and Arnie films of the 80’s.

Actors/ Characters

Ok if you don’t already know who’s in it then let me go through the main cast. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin and cameo appearances by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

With the exception of a few, all of them have contributed to the Action genre of the 80’s and in particular Stallone, Arnie and Willis, I mean who can forget the Rambo movies.

Plot

The plot is also a throwback to the 80’s. A team of mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) must overthrow a dictator in the fictional island of Vilena. His team consist of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Toll Road (Randy Couture), and they are the best in the business.

There’s a brief cameo from Mr Church (Bruce Willis) and Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who introduce the Vilena mission to Barney Ross.

Scene from The Expendables
Image courtesy of IGN Movies

However, things don’t go quite to plan, so they decide to abort the mission only to learn that their mission was not to overthrow the dictator General Garza (David Zayas), but to kill Garza and ex-CIA agent James Monroe (Eric Roberts) as it would be much easier if The Expendables did all the dirty work rather than the CIA getting involved in killing “one of their own”.

As an act of goodwill, and to redeem himself a little bit of all the sins in his life, Ross and team decide to take on the mission of their lives. Get ready for some major crashes, bangs and wallops as guns and knives are used to the extreme.

Verdict

Sylvester Stallone (as director) has really pulled this one off, it was a great watch. It had some great action and even better fight scenes that involved guns, knives and fists, what more can you ask for really.

What was even better was that all the stars got their bit to shine in the movie, when Stallone could have quite easily left the focus on his own character.

The only downside is that they should have concentrated on advertising the film for the action film it is rather than billing is as this mega film with mega stars as it certainly didn’t feel like that at all, however, it was still a movie worth watching.

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