Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sylvester Stallone heads up....as well as directs (and he is very underated as as director) this impressive allstar cast as Barney Ross....the leader of a band of mercenaries who are hired by the mysterious Mr. Church (Bruce Willis in a very small role) to overthrow the dictatorship of a crooked government. Joining Stallone are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Dolph Lundgren....who has probably the best written and deepest character of them all if you don't count Mickey Rourke who plays the groups tattoo artist....WTF? He has one of those teary eyed moments.
This movie waste little time getting to the action although it does have some slow talking parts in the middle but in all there are blood spattering explosions, gunfights and excellent fights (one in which led to Steve Austin actually breaking Stallone's neck in really life....talk about dedication to your craft!).
I would have like it more had there been a better story and character development but with so many acters there was so little time for that stuff. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger having the smallest and almost unimportant role.....as if they were just added as an after thought....let's just attach two more big names to the billing. I hope in part two they will bigger roles.
Sylvester Stallone: First Blood I and II, Assassins, Cobra and Demolition Man
Jason Statham: Snatch, Transporter 1, 2, 3 and The Italian Job
Jet Li: Lethal Weapon 4 and Unleashed
Dolph Lundgren: Rocky IV, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Army of One and Silent Trigger
Mickey Rourke: The Rainmaker, Sin City and The Wrestler
Eric Roberts: Best of the Best 1 and 2
Randy Couture: Redbelt
Steve Austin: ah.....The Condemned?
Terry Crews: The Expendables....he really is one of the standouts in this movie....him and his big ass gun!
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Terminator 1, 2 and 3, Commando, Predator, and True Lies (one of my top 10 alltime favorite movies)
Bruce Willis: Die Hard (my #1 favorite movie), Armagedden (my #2 favorite movie), The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, Color of Night, Look Who's Talking 1 and 2, Nobody's Fool, The Jackal, Four Rooms, The Whole Nine Yards and Lucky Number Slevin
I give The Expendables 3 1/2 action stars (Jet Li...being the half :)