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This week's reviewed movie is:
The Expendables




Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber



The Expendables is a group of bad-ass mercenaries who are hired to overthrow a dictator in South America.

It's an all pedal-to-the-metal action flick with bone-crushing mayhem and tons of explosions. There's no doubt that Sylvester Stallone is the star, but he fills the bill with a hand-picked cast of tough well-known super heroes who keep things going from start to finish.

Despite being 64, Sly is in really good shape and looks like he wants to give it one more shot.

After all, this is his picture all the way, and a little plastic surgery never hurt anyone.

It may have "star power," but if mumbling, over-the-hill action heroes are your thing, then I have a movie for you.

Incorporating every bone-crushing, limb-breaking, hand-to-hand, and foot-to-foot martial arts trick in the book, along with every kind of stick, knife, and gun ever made, this movie about elderly mercenaries on yet another mission has all the chases and explosions one could hope for.

There's not enough tongue-in-cheek humor for me, and the extreme close-ups (especially of Stallone's sad, Basset hound eyes) are a little too much.

It's a mediocre, overly loud, run-of-the-mill action film that should have been made 10 years ago.

The movie is a very aggressive, dumb celebration of supermen, featuring a muscle-bound collection of current and former action stars throwing knives, punches, and a few one-liner jokes with all the grace and finesse of a punch-drunk fighter.

The flick barely seems to contain a plot, but somehow manages to provide a decent amount of silly, stupid fun for anyone who just wants to see stuff blown up or gunned down for about 90 minutes.

The film is brainless, a real on-purpose, violent adult-action entertainment that's not for everyone.

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