Critic Review - New Yorker

The Expendables is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (30)
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Brad R

Frank Enstein

I just wanna see shit blown up and people getting their ass kicked in this movie! Sometimes you just crave mindless action with great fight scenes..haha. And I'm not an air head either, I actually LOVED Inception! So there's a time you wanna see a movie that makes you think and there's a time where you just wanna see some serious ass kicking..lol
All you pussies out there, why don't you go and watch Eat,Pray,Love instead! That's better for you, so stop nagging

Aug 9 - 09:37 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

@Farid R.
What's wrong with Eat, Pray, Love. It's actually a good book. I'm not sure about the film but you can't argue with the book.

Aug 11 - 08:48 AM

Brad R

Frank Enstein

So go and watch it..haha

Aug 12 - 10:59 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

when its out then yes. it's gna be better than the expendables who only worries about not getting enough arrogant fanboys like you.

Aug 12 - 11:18 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

when its out then yes. it's gna be better than the expendables, the film that only worries about not getting enough arrogant fanboys like you.

Aug 12 - 11:18 AM

Brad R

Frank Enstein

@Jay L. So make sure you watch Sex and the City too..lol, good for people like you.

Aug 14 - 08:53 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

@Farid R. LOL! I hate Sex and the City. They're 2 different films. By the way, go watch G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra that's better for a prick like you. LOL>?!

Aug 20 - 04:00 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

@Farid R. LOL! I hate Sex and the City. They're 2 different films. By the way, go watch G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra that's better for a prick like you. LOL>?!

Aug 20 - 04:00 AM

Jay L.

Jay Le

@Farid R. LOL! I hate Sex and the City. They're 2 different films. By the way, go watch G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra that's better for a prick like you. LOL>?!

Aug 20 - 04:00 AM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

Another waste of space. Are any of these so called critics planning on posting a legitimate review which actually has to do with the films in question? Juvenile insults and far fetched allusions don't count, I'm afraid. This particular person who "reviewed" (a term I use very loosely) The Expendables is just a typical, pseudo-intellectual intoxicated by his bloated sense of self importance. He didn't list one valid thing against the film.

Unless it's some pretentious, art house film containing a bunch of whiny, self indulgent characters ranting and raving about some leftist political agenda or existentialism, etc, people like this moron can do nothing but bash it.

Sylvester Stallone has always proven himself as an extraordinary, diverse talent as a writer, director and actor. You can focus on a few bombs he has had all you want, but the truth is you are looking at the surface of everything and viewing the man and his work through the propagated media created caricature.

Perhaps when you offer an informed opinion, people will take you seriously.

Aug 9 - 12:12 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Thanks Balboa, you pretty much laid out why nobody should see this film. The thought of sharing a theater with a bunch of hicks like you gives me shivers.

I'd take one of those art-house films you mentioned over this piece of recycled action garbage any day of the week. That's my professional opinion.

Great review Anthony, as usual. Keep up the good work.

Aug 9 - 12:48 PM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

Can you refute anything I said? I'm not entirely certain you understand the connotations of the word "hick(s)." Have I fallen into a semantics trap?

The Expendables is a fast paced action thriller, so automatically people go to the cliche' bucket and start throwing out "mindless violence," "shallow characters," and all of the other tired, ridiculously overused comments.

Until you can refute what I have said and explain, in great detail, using specific examples, in a calm, collected and articulate manner, precisely what is wrong with anything in particular that I posted, go ahead and feel free not to comment.

Aug 9 - 01:30 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

Balboa, I can easily refute this statement:
"Sylvester Stallone has always proven himself as an extraordinary, diverse talent as a writer, director and actor."
Really? Extraordinary? The only thing Stallone has proven extraordinary at doing is convincing studios to continually back complete dreck like Rocky III through V, Rhinestone, Cobra, Over the Top, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Judge Dredd, Get Carter, Driven - need I go on? How about this - if Stallone is such an extraordinary writer, director and actor it should be a no brainer to pick the Top 10 examples of his absolute best work. I'll start you off: Rocky, Rocky II, and uh....hmmm. He gave a decent performance in Cop Land. There's 3. Seven more please.

Aug 12 - 06:20 AM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

One more thing: please indicate what, in my original post, constitutes reasons for not seeing The Expendables.

Aug 9 - 01:32 PM

Brad R

Frank Enstein

@ w@velength - Got two words for you. Up Yours!

Aug 9 - 01:58 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

YEAH

Aug 10 - 07:24 PM

Brad R

Frank Enstein

@ dodgerblue - lol

Aug 10 - 09:02 PM

Robert S.

Robert Smith

wow a guy named Balboa is sticking up for Stallone. I can't imagine his opinion is biased in any way, is it? I'll be sure to take your opinions seriously.

Aug 10 - 07:48 AM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

I see. So by implication, you will only accept opinions stated by those who particularly dislike Sylvester Stallone and who spew the same, tired, cliche' comments time and time again?

Once again, can you or anyone else refute anything I've said? You people sure like to dance around the issue, don't you?

Aug 10 - 10:24 AM

Darf D.

Darf Durr

ah yes. the issues. the pressing issues such as the importance of Sylvester Stallone's career. I hate to be the one to tell you this, Balboa6, but Stallone isn't that good of an actor/writer/director. In fact, his legacy and the thing he's knows for more than anything else, is having a stupid ass voice that makes all of his dialogue seem like a joke.

Aug 18 - 11:47 AM

Pibby S.

Pibby Scott

I don't think Lane used a single cliche in his review. And whether or not you agree with his opinion this is a fine turned sentence.

"Stallone, who co-wrote the movie with Dave Callaham, is also listed as the director, but since he appears to be having trouble, in the autumn of his years, getting his eyelids and lower lip to act in consort with the rest of him, I?m hardly surprised that he had no energy left over to command the film."

Does he cite specifics? No. And why not? Because it's a hundred words. He dismisses and moves on. Those who rely on Lane as "their" critic already know enough and aren't going to be upset he didn't do a scene by scene analysis of why he thought the film "inert".

This, however, is cliche:

"This particular person who "reviewed" (a term I use very loosely) The Expendables is just a typical, pseudo-intellectual intoxicated by his bloated sense of self importance."

But then again, you probably know that, you wrote it.




Aug 11 - 10:19 PM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

Clearly, you do not understand the definition of "cliche'."

Aug 12 - 09:37 PM

Darf D.

Darf Durr

you must be well aware of what a cliche is seeing how your entire initial comment was one

Aug 20 - 11:46 AM

Darf D.

Darf Durr

"Sylvester Stallone has always proven himself as an extraordinary, diverse talent" diverse? i guess he can shoot someone in the face or punch them in the face. and everything in between

Aug 20 - 11:54 AM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

"Unless it's some pretentious, art house film containing a bunch of whiny, self indulgent characters ranting and raving about some leftist political agenda or existentialism, etc, people like this moron can do nothing but bash it."

You just perfectly displayed all the reasons why no one should ever listen to your opinions, Balboa.

I'd offer you a ticket to The Kids are Alright, but i'm sure you've got a tea party rally to attend.

Aug 10 - 04:49 PM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

"You just perfectly displayed all the reasons why no one should ever listen to your opinions, Balboa."

Specify please.

"I'd offer you a ticket to The Kids are Alright, but i'm sure you've got a tea party rally to attend."

Ah, yes...the "black & white" approach. Because I made a comment about "leftism," automatically I must be at the other end of the spectrum, correct? I must be a fear-mongering, right-wing conservative. LOL! I have no time for your intellectually inferior, pathetic assumptions or pigeonholing.

Oh yeah, still waiting on valid criticism of the film as well as someone to refute anything I've said. :)

Aug 10 - 06:59 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

Balboa you crazy motherfucker the reason no one can refute you like you apparently so desperately want is because the movie isnt out yet for Goddsakes.

Have you seen it?

Aug 10 - 07:27 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

Waiting for an answer Balboa. Had you seen this movie when you started commenting on this review???

Aug 12 - 05:22 AM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

"Really? Extraordinary? The only thing Stallone has proven extraordinary at doing is convincing studios to continually back complete dreck like Rocky III through V, Rhinestone, Cobra, Over the Top, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Judge Dredd, Get Carter, Driven - need I go on? How about this - if Stallone is such an extraordinary writer, director and actor it should be a no brainer to pick the Top 10 examples of his absolute best work. I'll start you off: Rocky, Rocky II, and uh....hmmm. He gave a decent performance in Cop Land. There's 3. Seven more please."

Actually all of the Rocky films are great. You see, you have to actually watch them and not base your words on the media-created caricature of the character. So aside from those, there is The Lords of Flatbush, F.I.S.T., Paradise Alley, Lock Up, Copland, just to name a few. People do not watch Sylvester Stallone's films. They subscribe to the ideas of others. When people try to negatively criticize the man and his work to me in real life, I always call them out on it and they can NEVER back their words up with facts or anything legitimate. Just the same regurgitated soundbites over and over and over again.

Aug 12 - 09:36 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

Just stop. This is getting ridiculous now. All the Rocky films are great??? Stallone himself is on record as saying he wishes he didn't make Rocky V, that he did it out of greed. So if the man himself thinks it's crap, how can you say it's great? And by the way, I have seen the Rocky films, though the last one I ever paid for was Rocky IV. I was 17 when that hit the theatres and I remember even then laughing with my friends about how stupid it was (and we all loved the first three). We weren't told by anyone to dislike it, we didn't read reviews back then. We just recognized it for what it was - a cartoon.
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Aug 13 - 05:29 AM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

Balboa6 said, "Actually all of the Rocky films are great."
Just stop. This is getting ridiculous now. All the Rocky films are great??? Stallone himself is on record as saying he wishes he didn't make Rocky V, that he did it out of greed. So if the man himself thinks it's crap, how can you say it's great? And by the way, I have seen the Rocky films, though the last one I ever paid for was Rocky IV. I was 17 when that hit the theatres and I remember even then laughing with my friends about how stupid it was (and we all loved the first three). We weren't told by anyone to dislike it, we didn't read reviews back then. We just recognized it for what it was - a cartoon. As for the rest of your examples, I'll just point out 3 of 5 of them are 30 years old, which doesn't really support your claim that Stallone has "ALWAYS proven himself as an extraordinary, diverse talent...". If you're seriously putting Rocky 3, 4, and 5 up there, and including Lock Up in your list, I feel I've proven my point. He's made a couple very good movies, a handful of mediocre ones, and a lot of god-awful ones. For much of his career he's coasted on the Rocky and Rambo franchises. Nothing more to say on this.

Aug 13 - 06:14 AM

Balboa6

Tommy Bazzano

You're right, it isn't worth debating this anymore, because clearly you are seeing the surface of things and nothing more.

The negative criticism I have heard toward Lock Up is not only laughable, it is literally unfounded as it doesn't reflect anything I saw in the film. This whole "one man army" label people love to throw at Stallone, makes no sense in most cases where it is used.

Aug 16 - 06:20 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

How about the laebl of "self-paroday"? Cause that's what Stallone himself has said Rocky became. Or has he bought into the critics' slurs too?

Aug 17 - 12:44 PM

Max Taffey

Max Taffey

How about the laebl of "self-parody"? Cause that's what Stallone himself has said Rocky became. Or has he bought into the critics' slurs too?

Aug 17 - 12:44 PM

michael

Michael Frear

I enjoyed the gay slur Lane tacked on to the end of his review.

Aug 11 - 10:31 AM

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