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The Expendables (2010)



Critic Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.

Movie Info

An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. Approached by the shadowy Church (Bruce Willis) to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza (David Zayas) and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross (Stallone) rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas (Jason Statham); martial arts expert Yin (Jet Li); trigger-happy Hale Caesar (Terry Crews); and cerebral demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture). Traveling to Vilena on a reconnaissance mission with his old pal Christmas, Barney meets their local contact, a cagey guerrilla fighter named Sandra (Giselle Itie), and together the trio scopes out the landscape.. It isn't long before Barney and Christmas have discovered that their actual target is not General Gaza but James Monroe (Eric Roberts), a former CIA operative who has recently gone rogue. Monroe won't be easy to get to either, because his hulking bodyguard Paine (Steve Austin) is a force to be reckoned with. When their mission is compromised, Barney and Christmas are forced to flee, leaving Sandra behind to face almost certain death. But Barney isn't the kind of soldier to abandon a mission, or a hostage, and now in order to get the job done he'll need the help of his old crew. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2010
Box Office: $103.0M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Sylvester Stallone
as Barney Ross
Jason Statham
as Lee Christmas
Jet Li
as Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren
as Gunner Jensen
Eric Roberts
as James Monroe
Randy Couture
as Toll Road
David Zayas
as General Garza
Gary Daniels
as The Brit
Terry Crews
as Hale Caesar
Amin Joseph
as Pirate Leader
Bruce Willis
as Mr. Church
Senyo Amoaku
as Tall Pirate
Antonio Rodrigo Nogu...
as Garza's Bodyguard #1
Antonio Rogerio Nogu...
as Garza's Bodyguard #2
Sassa Nascimento
as Vilena Customs Agent
Tze Yep
as Gagged Hostage
Preshas Jenkins
as Gunner's Pirate
Ronn Surels
as American Operative
Lauren Jones
as Cheyenne
Prazeres Barbosa
as Old Woman Bartender
Daniel Arrias
as Cell Guard #2
Javier Lambert
as Squad Leader
Tatsu Carvalho
as Palace Guard
Marcio Rosario
as Royal Guard Leader
Paulo Gustavo Bastos
as Vilenan Soldier
Lauren Jones
as Cheyenne
R.A. Rondell
as Gunner's Goon
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Critic Reviews for The Expendables

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (37)

The movie had been billed as a throwback to the action flicks of the 1980s, but that pitch turns out to be false advertising.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The rest of the mayhem is simply ultraviolent, nonstop, and numbing. Better jokes might have helped.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Some kind of meatheaded masterpiece, it's cinematic junk food of the highest order.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

What The Expendables does right is it caters to its fans. It knows exactly what they want and it delivers a a pure, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride with some great action.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

The action scenes are huge and excessively violent on a scale not seen since the closing scenes of Commando. At one point, in the absence of any buildings to detonate or ammunition depots to destroy, I think I saw an explosion explode.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

What we end up with is an incomprehensible, overly-long explosion-fest that could have easily been retitled "A.D.D.: The Motion Picture."

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Expendables


I'm disappointed, I hate to say it but I am. Yes this is a wet dream for the 80's generation, for all the young males growing up with these stars...the ultimate 'Commando' style flick. The ultimate testosterone filled line up probably since 'Predator'...but this movie can't compete with either of those films unfortunately.

Basically there is no real plot going on here and what little of it there is is so shallow its non existent. Now admittedly I didn't expect much of a thinker but this just felt like a compilation of action sequences from various films all stuck together. An action film trailer if you will, even 'Commando' had a cool very simple revenge story going on but this is just empty.

The action sequences are very very good mind you, nothing but the best of course. Heads being blown off, plenty of knife work going on, a good car chase and full on gun porn...but I'm afraid that's it, there is nothing else I can say. The acting is dire, so very very bad I couldn't believe it. Again I'm not expecting Shakespeare but my God all the lines were so wooden and amateurish sounding. The infamous Arnie Willis and Sly scene was the worst in the film!! has Arnie forgotten how to whip out those classic sharp one liners? he sounded like a beginner!! (although the joke from Willis about him wanting to be President was sweet).

All of the cast were just terrible and I don't think they were taking it very seriously. Almost laughing through their lines at some points like its just one big boyband get together. Come on guys at least make the film feel real.

Can't expect all the lads to get full on-screen time of course but there's very little of Li Couture Crews and Rourke...but that's probably for the best with Couture as he's a walking meatloaf. His wrestling partner Austin simply grunted and tried to act hard throughout which just came across as one of his lame WWF pantomime acts (hated those two being in this film).

The film really could of been done much better in my opinion. At least two of the team should of kicked the bucket for a semi realistic approach instead of them all running around being virtually indestructable and never getting hurt. At one point I thought I was watching 'Operation Wolf: The Movie'. This simple concept would have made the film much much better (the shock death of Seagal in 'Executive Decision' anyone?), instead they all survive including Dolph who turns into a baddie and you think gets killed but comes back in the end and is a goodie again!...come on!!

Note to Sly, nothing wrong with making a good action flick that kicks ass but you gotta at least have a small percentage of realism ('Commando' was a one off which you can't try to repeat). Even the last Rambo was good simply because his special unit weren't invulnerable and got taken down..hence realistic. But this is just too 'G.I.Joe' silly. If a sequel comes along its gotta be taken more seriously than this and some of the stars have gotta die Sly. I know none of you guys wanna get killed off, don't wanna seem weak and get splattered but you have to do it to make this work.

Roll Call:

Sly: Looks good torso wise, a little tubby and plastic looking in the face (too much surgery). Just came across as Rambo again.

Arnie: Looks old big time, kinda fat and I can't see him doing anymore action films ever...oh wait.

Dolph: Probably looks the best, still youthful with a jawline and looks damn fit still. Should of stayed dead for a touch of movie realism.

Jet: Not the best looking guy but he's nimble and fast, dangerous and still on form. Just a touch more screen time needed.

Willis: Looks fine but always comes across as John McClane to me, should of had a sniff of action.

Crews: Rock hard looking but a bad actor, shows promise though, underused.

Couture: Terrible actor but looks solid yet not as firm as Crews, shouldn't of been in the film anyway.

Austin: Useless actor and looks fat, pretty much like any beer drinking trucker in a highway stopover. Shouldn't of been in the film.

Statham: Cockney hardman (where's Vinnie?), again not firm but still solid. Probably overused in the film.

Rourke: Looks dodgy but unique, a cult star with a decent wreckage of a torso. Needed some ass kicking to do for sure, underused.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


The Expendables begins with some promising action (although very artificial), however, the film just falls downhill from there. The action is the best attempt at awesome entertainment in a long time, but it's mixed into a very weak premise. I was very disappointed to see all of these stars go to waste! There is action and then there is drama randomly thrown in, but then kicks back into action, which feels very uneven. Mickey Rourke gets the most character development, and he is one of the least shown characters in the film. The dialogue is sort of laughable at points, but the film pulls itself out of the hole halfway through, which is just enough time to redeem itself and become a fun R-Rated popcorn flick. When Rourke's character states that there are three pieces of work, they end up doing the first job and getting caught up in that one for the entire film. It kind of seems pointless, but it is a great summer film to have fun with. It will put a smile on your face for hours and hours, but in a few years, you may forget about it. "The Expendables" is sadly, expendable, but it's not bad!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

absolutely mindless, but in the best possible way. there are no revelations here, but if youre expecting any i have to question your judgment. this was old action guys, and a few new ones, making a nostalgic, silly, and corny action flick that would bring back illusions of the 80's, and for me they succeeded. the script was awful, the action way over the top, and the characters pretty shallow, but this is one of the few films where none of that mattered much to me. everytime rourke was on screen all i could think was, "what in the world is good acting doing in this film!", but again, it didnt matter that the performances were so sub par. i wanted to mentally check out for 100 minutes and have fun, and i can honestly say that i did. jet li is probably too good for this movie, but he was my favorite part. overall, enjoyable.

danny d

Super Reviewer

The Expendables Quotes

Yin Yang: I need a raise.
Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Why?
Yin Yang: I need the money for my family. I want to send my son to a better school.
Lee Christmas: When did you get a family?
Yin Yang: Don't ask. I don't know.
– Submitted by T R (3 years ago)
Yin Yang: I need more money.
Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: I know you told me, for your family right?
Yin Yang: I don't have family.
Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: I know.
– Submitted by Wesley W (3 years ago)
Paine: How many men you got?
Barney 'The Schizo' Ross: Just your mother!
– Submitted by Akheel K (3 years ago)
Yin Yang: When I get hurt, the hole is bigger, because I'm smaller.
– Submitted by Akheel K (3 years ago)

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