The Expendables

Here we have a movie that pretty much every action movie fan will enjoy.  You have a simple story and plot that requires little attention span to follow, but it’s a good enough story to make you care about the characters themselves.  Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone (a two-time Academy Award Winner for those categories if you can believe it {“Rocky”, 1970} ) The Expendables is about a small group of mercenaries, each with their own unique personality, quirks, and problems that take a suicide mission to rescue the beautiful girl and a small third-world country from a psychotic dictator and his even more psychotic American financier.  Yes it’s been done before and it’s very pedestrian, but it’s all about the action.  I can’t stress that enough.

As I said, the movie doesn’t require much of an attention span to follow but I do recommend you pay attention because when you’re not watching some of the most bloody fight scenes I’ve seen in movies in a long time, you might miss some pretty hilarious banter between the characters.  Never before have I seen a collection of some of the greatest action stars (mostly from the 1980’s and some from the 90’s and the 2000’s) in one movie.  I was very impressed when I realized that every character got a fairly decent and individual amount of screen time each with their own fight scenes to show off their stuff.  As far as “acting” goes, one of the best scenes in the movie is taken over entirely by Mickey Rourke which given the fact that the camera didn’t cut away from him was most likely improvised masterfully. 

The only technical part of the film that I had a genuine problem with was the editing and cuts on action.  Frankly, I think I could have done a better job with it and it really took away the feeling of what potentially should have been the best fight scene you ever saw only to be topped by the next one you saw two minutes later.

The spotty editing notwithstanding, I highly recommend this film for anybody who loves action, violence, and watching shit blow up and I would even go as far to recommend buying it on DVD when it’s released to add to your collection.  A MUST HAVE for any action movie fan.


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