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.