Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Written by: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
Produced by: Kevin King , Avi Lerner. Kevin King Templeton. John Thompson
Starring: Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin. Mickey Rourke
Run Time: 103 Min
Sylvester Stallone knows what men want in a movie; men want brutal action, manly jokes and none of that emotional nonsense that tries to trick them into wear skinny pants with tight turtle neck sweaters. Stallone said it best “‘I’ve done my ‘mind movies’ and I don’t think people are very interested in seeing me do that anymore. I think I’m past my prime in doing dramatic films; it would feel almost like a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious dramaturge.’ Now that’s what I want to hear from a guy who started off making the some of the most legendary action films and is content to stick where his roots lie. He proved it in Rambo 4 and proved it once again in The Expendables.
The plot of the movie, a team of mercenaries is hired to take on a corrupt South American General, isn’t anything new or innovative. What makes this movie special is it has almost all of the great action stars that people have grown to know and love throughout the years doing what they do best, kicking some ass. No one who likes action films wants a long drawn out plot or an in depth look into the geopolitics of a corrupt country; just show the basic story then get to the action. This kind of movie doesn’t depend on a plot that makes sense: it depends on things blowing up, one liners and the big name tough guys.
Needless to say The Expendables is full of explosions, fire fights and fists impacting people’s faces. The action scenes are nearly perfect and are choreographed better than most mainstream movies that have tried to pass themselves off as action in the last few years. The only problem I had was that Jet Li didn’t showcase his talents as much as I would have liked but honestly, most of his movies that have been made in America can’t compare to his older ones which were made in China.
If I had one word to describe The Expendables it would be “Brotastic.” I’m certain that a lot of men who watch this movie will want to go to the gym or do some pushups. This of course isn’t an artsy girly movie and unless you’re a woman who actually likes 80’s action movies don’t bother coming(there’s nothing worse than hearing “I don’t like this” or “We should have seen that Richard Gere movie” while you’re having a good time). Every guy should go see The Expendables, sneak some booze into the theater and have an amazing time watching a movie that’s actually meant for a male audience. Movies like this don’t make it to the big screen often and it’s our job as men to support action movies like this.