The Expendables

2010, Adventure/Action, 1h 43m

209 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder. Read critic reviews

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Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a covert operation to invade the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its dictator. But, when they learn that the job will be a suicide mission, they must choose redemption or the destruction of their brotherhood.

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  • Jun 11, 2014
    Plenty of cliche narratives and dialogue to go along with a bland plot. The Expendables may be an action-goers delight and filled with explosions, machismo, testosterone and heavy star-power from the operative-experienced ensemble, but it's ultimately a neutral Stallone-picture that really doesn't scale with any other of the actor/director's previous hit films or any others in general for that matter. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2013
    Pointless violence with poor political plausibility and the vague suggestion that in fact, the mission's entirely about a woman. Adding that to the half-hearted attempts at humour, my uncertainty as to why I started watching it moved to a "Why am I _still_ watching this?" feeling that intensified steadily throughout. It's a movie that might have worked were it intended to be an action-comedy, but as if Stallone could ever parody himself; as a true action movie, it fails to be even a bad 80s action movie. Horribly out-of-date, bloated, self-indulgent mess. Good to know Dolph Lundgren's not dead, though.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    There are certainly worse ways to spend a couple of hours, though you'd probably have to be a ten year old boy recovering from a brain injury to get the undemanding most out of this throwback to the 80s Action Movie, where, lest you've forgotten, niceties like plot and character development never got in the way of a good explosion.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2012
    Easy dumbed down action with some great set pieces but it never really impacts the audience.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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