The Expendables

September 1, 2010

Definitely messy! It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good. Ok, that’s what it was, ok. Nothing less and nothing more of what you expect from an action flick.

Of course, the cast is a bit more than one may expect, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews and short appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Just think, Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger in the same scene. If there’s one reason to see The Expendables, this the one. It has to be seen just because of that. It was a funny scene. Many clichés. Good if you know the guys.

So, it’s a real boy film. Not much romance, a lot of bang bang, appalling acting. There are only two women in the entire film and they both need to be saved. Oh, another cliché.

Actually, that’s what the film is filled with, a lot of clichés, but then it wouldn’t be a real action if it wasn’t. For example, all good actions have to include an explosion scene where you see fire behind diving men. It’s a classic.

And where the dudes you’re supposed to hate shoot a million shots and miss and then the good guy gives it one shot and hits target. Classic.

I guess I’m only bringing up the obvious, but if you thought The Expendables would be something else, it’s not. The bonus maybe, you get to see Stallone looking like Barbie, or Ken, since he’s a man, kind of creepy.

Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke in The Expendables

So, why did I see it? I have a weak spot for Jason Statham but I didn’t find him quite as charming here as in The Transporter trilogy.

I really, really wanted to see it until I read the synopsis: “A team of mercenaries  gets a mission to precipitate the dictator of Vilena.” Suddenly, I changed my mind thinking it would be just as good on dvd.

However, it was a Sunday night and it’s nice to get out of the house and it was entertaining. Still, maybe I should have chosen to see Toy Story 3 in 3D anyway…

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