Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Film Review: The Expendables [2010]

The Expendables is expected to be a bad-ass epic film with an all-star cast of action actors written, directed, and starring Sylvester Stallone. The mysterious Mr. Church sends Ross and his mercenary team to infiltrate and overthrow the ruthless dictator General Gaza in South America.
However after meeting their contact Sandra they find out that their true targets are Rogue CIA agent James Monroe and his henchman Dan Paine. Things go horribly wrong and leave their contact Sandra behind to face the consequences. Now the Ross and his team go back on a rescue mission to save Sandra.
THE EXPENDABLES
Sylvester Stallone – Team Leader Barney Ross
Dolph Lundgren – Swedish Sniper Gunnar Jensen
Jason Statham – Former SAS Specialist Lee Christmas
Jet Li – Chinese Martial Arts Expert Yin Yang
Terry Crews – Weapons Specialist Hale Caesar
Mickey Rourke – Arms Dealer/Former Expendable Tool
Randy Couture – Demolitions Expert Toll Road

THE ENEMIES
Eric Roberts – Rogue CIA Agent James Monroe
Steve Austin – Monroe’s bodyguard Dan Paine

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
Bruce Willis – Mr. Church
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Trench
Charisma Carpenter – Lee Christmas’ fiancĂ©e Lacy
Lauren Jones – Tool’s love interest Cheyenne
Gisele Itie – Sandra
The movie was heavily promoted by releasing behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- Hostage Scene in Brazil April 2, 2009
- Production Meeting in Brazil
- Expendables Hideout Scene
- Stunt Plane Test Fight
- Fight Scene with Steve Austin. Stallone tells us the last time he worked with a wrestler was Hulk Hogan back in 1982 on Rocky III. The fight scene looks very intense and exhausting when both Austin and Stallone come together on screen.

Really wanted to enjoy this film however there seems to be more explosions than talent. Schwarzenegger makes a brief appearance and as a leader of a rival mercenary team opposite of Stallone’s. Crews got a moment to finally shine as an action star after so many roles in comedy. Really wanted to see Dolph Lundgren in a good guy role next instead of a messed up junkie. Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture, and Steve Austin didn’t really add anything to the film except they were cardboard cutouts. Jason Statham really became the only character that you could really root for within the film. Lots of explosions, violence, and mayhem but at times there seem to be too many action stars on screen at once.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT – 3 OUT OF 5