Welcome again to Movie Maundering, home of my opinion. Enjoy. This week, I actually went to the theater to see a recently released movie, The Expendables.
Mercenaries turn crusaders for some reason.
This film’s cast is a spectacular coming together of some of the most iconic action stars into a single tremendously badass movie. Main characters are played by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph ‘you’d better not rob my house’ Lundgren. The whole crew basically runs around slamming bitches and shooting faces. Stone Cold Steve Austin makes yet another Hollywood appearance as the bruiser muscle for the bad guys, and even Bruce Willis and the Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger show up to the party for a quick cameo.
Fun. Just lots of fun. The Expendables is pretty much one single streaming ass kicking on all fronts. The story is nothing to write home about, seeing as it is virtually non-existent. They take a job to assassinate some military leader on a remote island, but turn it down when they reason that it must be a CIA setup. But then they come back and do it anyway, because Stallone inexplicably wants to save the target’s daughter(who is young enough to make you question his motives). Doesn’t make a lot of sense.
But the film just explodes with violent content. Brutal striking, wrestling, shooting, and knife-fights make up the entire flow of the movie, typically getting more explosive towards the finale. The only real complaint I could come up with on the action was a fairly grand amount of exceedingly unrealistic performances. Guy uses a super-shotgun and blows up concrete watchtowers. What up with that?
The Expendables was obviously created with a mission in mind: to make the audience sit up and say ‘that was cool!’ That being said, mission accomplished. This movie was cool. Also, it was extremely cool to see all of these actors stand up and whip some ass. Can’t give it many points for creativity or story, but if you’re out looking for a movie to deliver a furious flurry of action straight into your occipital lobe, The Expendables will hit the mark, probably with an unexpectedly explosive grenade.