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The Expendables

The Expendables (2010) – Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language.

Have you ever wondered how much machismo and testosterone one can put into a single film and turn it into the ultimate celebration of everything men loved about 80s action movies?  Well The Expendables is that over-the-top answer and the only man who could have achieved this is Sylvester Stallone, a star in many of those 80s action films.  It is only he who could have put together this incredibly talented cast of action heroes like Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke.  These men are doing what they do best in movies: kicking ass and taking names and having one hell of a time doing it.  If you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into just by watching the trailer alone, you might be disappointed if you’re looking for actual character development and a story that isn’t more shallow than a teaspoon.  But if you walk into this knowing that you will see a glorification of blood, guts, and huge explosions then you will not be disappointed.

The story is ridiculous for starters.  This group of mercenaries are hired to kill a corrupt ex-CIA agent on the little island of Vilena.  But before they will accept the job they go check out the situation and meet a woman who the leader of the group (Stallone) immediately likes.  They refuse the job, too risky they say, but they end up going back anyway because Stallone wants to save the woman.  Yup, this extraordinary gala of glorified violence is just so Stallone can get the girl.  But who cares, right?  We didn’t come to watch some interesting story or anything.  We’re here to see these old guys go back to their roots and kill whoever gets in their way!

As I said earlier, Stallone plays the leader of the group, Barney Ross.  His right hand man is Lee Christmas, played by Jason Statham.  You can almost feel that legendary action star Stallone has hand-picked Statham to be the next “big action star” and take over the franchise.  Because we all know if this makes enough money to warrant a sequel, these old geezers can’t be doing this for much longer.  Sure the 64-year-old Stallone still looks like he can hold his own but he broke his neck filming a scene for this.

Men will enjoy this and women will roll their eyes, but if you go into this with low expectations you might actually enjoy yourself.  I actually laughed at a couple of scenes because of their sheer over-the-topness but at the end of the day I liked it for its cheesiness.  You know these men are cheesing it up for the fans only and they seem to be laughing at themselves at times, too.  And you gotta respect that.  Filmtastic review = 3 stars.

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