D's Review of The Expendables
Director & action star, Sylvester Stallone brings every action hero together for the first time to form this explosive action-packed adventure thriller called The Expendables. The Expendables is about a team of mercenaries led by, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) who always seems to get the job done what ever the cost. After a bloody massacre where Barney & his troops featuring Lee Christmas, (Jason Statham), Yang (Jet LI) & Gunnar, (Dolph Lundgren) take out a bunch of thugs on a ship, their called back into action as a member of the C,I,A. called Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) hires them a job to go on a mission to South America in a town called Villena to take down a leader called General Gaza, (David Zayas) who has a number of soldiers protecting him. Meanwhile a drug lord (Eric Roberts) comes to overthrow Villena with his bodyguard (Steve Austin) along by his side, As the The Expendables are on their mission, Barney & Lee go to Villena to spy on Gaza where they meet a woman named Sandra who ends up helping them. Things begin to get bad for Barney & Lee as they get caught when the South America troops find out they are their illegally. When the drug lord & Gaza find out that The Expendables are on to them, things go bad to worse as they end up getting double crossed & set-up. When that happens, Barney & his team decide to complete their mission by getting revenge in an battle only they know can win.
The Expendables is probably the best action film that has came out since the 80's all thanks to Sylvester Stallone. Only Sylvester could think of bringing every action star on screen & give us action junkies what we came to the movie's for. Sylvester knows how to deliver the goods. The Expendables really packs a punch as were thrown in with strong action including nonstop gunfights & mindblowing explosions, & graphic bloody violence . Everything is here that you want from an action movie. The violence here isn't as pervasive as Rambo was but it gets pretty raw with the shootings & stabbings. If I had to pick my favorite Expendable I definitely pick Statham's character, Lee Christmas. Statham is just a bad ass when it comes to his character as he's the weapons expert of the team. You get to see Statham throwing knives at enemys which is always a pleasure to see. Statham pulled his character off nicely where it seemed he had fun time playing his part. Sylvester Stallone is always good in these type of roles. Their were times where I thought his acting was forced but I dealt with it. For the most part, Stallone & Statham had good chemistry making their friendship believible.
I had a couple of complaints with this film. firstly, is the title of the flick. which is why the movie failed at being the best action film of out times. When you name a title more than one person, then you need to stick to it. The biggest mistake that you can make is changing it up to something different. I mean, I know it was Stallone's film where he wanted to be in it more but come on. To me, it seemed like he didn't care about the other team except for Statham's character. Stallone & Statham were pretty much stuck together most of the film. I just don't know why Stallone wouldn't give the other chracters as much screen time as Stathams & his. So thats what i depised about the film because their was no depth to the other Expendables. What little screen time the other Expendables had was worthy. Jet Li showed that he's still a master at martial arts. What I also liked was that Li showed some acting ability. I think Stallone helped him out in the department. Li is also funny when he wants to be. It was good to see Dolph Lundgren in a big budget film again. Dolph needs to stay away from those direct to video & stick with these. They suit him better. Anyway I loved Dolph's character. Dolph was just as bad ass as Statham in my opinion which makes him my second best character of the film. Dolph also looked like he enjoyed taking on his role as well. Everytime I witnessed Dolph confronting Stallone, I thought of Rocky 4. So it was a real treat seeing those two together in the same film again. Terry Crews is one of those next. Terry is also one of my favorites as he makes the films his own by having fun with them. Whats so great about Crew's character is that he has this big huge shotgun with a grenade launcher where he just blows shit up. Its awesome when that happens. What makes it so fun to watch is the loudness of his weapon. Eric Roberts is another one that I loved seeing back on the big screen since his small role in the Dark Knight. I suggest Eric to stay away from low budget films. He's too good for it. I thought Eric played an evil drug lord. Eric made his character out of where the audience can hate him. So Eric did a good job at that. The weakest of the cast is prabably Randy Couture & Steve Austin. I guess where there wasn't anything for them to work with, that was the reason why nobody cared for them. Even the showdown between them wasn't interesting. Seem like that was what everybody was waiting on & they didn't deliever. What a said payoff. Maybe next time Couture & Austin will have a bigger parts & show us what their made of.
My second conplaint that almost killed the film for me was the terrible CGI during the action scenes. Seriously Stallone, you direct action great no doubt about it, but why did you have to use CGI where crap was blowing up? Some of the explosions looked realistic but towards the end when they blew the palace up, it exploded by falling down like dominos which was a dreadful to watch. I still can't get over it when watch that scene. Since I heard their doing a sequel, I hope they really fix that problem. Bring back the war action from the 80's where CGI didn't exist. Thats what fans want to see. I didn't complain about the plot as much because thats not what these type of films are made for. Its suppose to b all out action film, nothing more & nothing less. Thats all fans can ask for & by witnessing the action in this film, it succeeded in that field. Overall, if your a fan of the cast, Rambo, or just a junkie for action, then this film is definitely a keeper. I just hope the next one has a bigger budget, better plot, character depth, & better CGI if thats all their using now days. The Expendables is an entertaining fast paced explosive wall to wall action fest that will keep you glued til the kick ass finale.