THE EXPENDABLES (2010 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

The Expendables best recommendation becomes—there is more than enough realistic gore. The story piques interest due to its all-star cast of our favorite action heroes and it, indeed, starts well with a group of seasoned mercenaries taking down less prepared Somali pirates. But it falls to pieces after that. It’s almost as if our favorite action heroes must be cast alone. Alone, the awesome display of over-developed muscles can be appreciated and we tend to overlook other faults. But, when muscles become redundantly viewed, we become more critical of all the other traits that are necessary to pull off a good story. It is entertaining to see an aging Sylvester Stallone run to catch a plane and one wonders if a stunt double was used. At best, Stallone directs what, in final analysis, seems to be a very low budget, B-grade film.

Storyline

A group of United States mercenaries travel to South America to take out a dangerous South American dictator.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Sylvester Stallone for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Guymon Casady, Jason Constantine, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Jon Feltheimer, Basil Iwanyk, Eda Kowan, Trevor Short, and Les Weldon for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), James Munroe (Eric Roberts), Toll Road (Randy Couture), Paine (Steve Austin), General Garza (David Zayas), and Sandra (Giselle Itié).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The action sequences are fairly well put together and it is a treat to see this particular all-star cast working together.

Ben Meyers

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