September 6, 2010
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Sylvester Stallone had a career resurgence over the last few years. Resurrecting first Rocky Balboa, and then Rambo to years later. After both impressed and made a bit of coin, Stallone was given a chance to make a truly macho movie, just like he used to. He chose The Expendables, calling in friends and fellow action heroes for some fun.
The title is unintentionally refers to how most of the cast is has been action superstars. Looking at the cast is a trip down memory lane for most movie fans over 30. But the cast knows what is going on and it feels like business as usual for us avid action fans.
The story follows a group of mercenaries (the title comes from its name) asked to take out a general in a small island in the Caribbean. Finding that things are more complex than they appear, they realize what the real intention of the mission. The film rests a bit too much on the script which is good, but a bit thin. The action sequences fill in lagging moments and though it makes it to the end intact, the journey wasn’t as good as expected.
The action sequences are well choreographed and the stunts are very exciting. The reason for this is Stallone’s insistence on as little CGI as possible. Instead he chose to make a movie where the action is close quartered and visceral. A fun action film for those who enjoy seeing his/her favorite action heroes all together. 2.5 out of 5 stars