Aug 21, 2010

The Expendables Review

500th Post!

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Premise:
Sylvester Stallone leads a team of mercenaries into a difficult mission - wipe out the leader of a militant country and the puppeteer controlling that leader. In said team of mercs: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke. With cameos by a bunch of other famous celebs from action movies!


Standouts:
Obviously, the all-star cast stands out right away. The cameos as well are absolutely awesome. Unfortunately, no Samuel L. Jackson, but his legacy gets paid tribute to in just about everything he's in now-a-days. Other standouts: lots of people get killed, lots of gun-fire, lots of hand-to-hand combat, lots of explosions and an awesome car-chase, but a movie clearly written by Sylvester Stallone. A guy who knows how to pay homage to 80's actions films, yes, but a contemplative, unique story and dialog writer he is not.


My Highlights:
Jason Statham taking out a baseketball team, Dolph Lundgren's first weapon in the film, Stallone's car-chase scene, Jet Li's fight with Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews' awesome shotgun toward the end. And without giving anything away, if you hear "You look nervous" it's epic.


Overall Rating:
If I were to be critical, the casting made the movie. If any other actors were in the film, the rating would probably only be about a 3 1/2 *'s out of 5, but seeing all our favorites together was way too exciting. So I'll give this movie a generous 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.

Nick's Rating: 4*'s out of 5

When You Should See It:
If you have any interest in the action film genre. Some of the dialog might be gritting, and some of the characters feel really off in the distance for "main" characters, but seriously, it's a big deal to see all of these huge names side-by-side in a film.

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