Monday, March 21, 2011

Movie Review - The Expendables

If you are not a 80’s B-action movie fan, then this movie is not for you. But if you are a fan like me, then you are in luck. I just came out from watching this movie, and boy was I entertained. Almost 2 hours of none stop action from the action stars I grew up with. It’s pure heaven.

By my count, every prominent action movie star from the 80’s and 90’s is in this show bar one, Jean Claude van Damme. There was the original three, Sly, Arnold and Bruce, Mickey Rourke, Eric "Best of the Best" Roberts and Dolph "He-Man" Lundgren from the 80’s and Jason Statham, Jet Li, S

tone Cold Steve Austin. It would have been good to complete the ensemble with the Muscles from Brussels and the Rock…maybe the sequel (I have no doubt there would be one).

The plot is similar to what you have accustomed to from Stallone. Basically, it is about a damsel in distress and at the end the hero saves the day. Stallone plays Barney Ross, the leader of a group of mercenaries that is tasked to take down a corrupted dictator and his American partner in the make believe Island of Vilena. On a recon trip, he meets Sandra, the daughter of the dictator and a leader of the rebel group trying to overthrown the dictator. In an altercation with the army, he manages to escape but Sandra refuses to leave with him. She is then tortured by the American, played by Eric Roberts who wants to find out who sent Stallone to get him.

So the final battle pit Stallone and his men (Statham, Li, Crews) against Roberts, Austin and the army. Plenty of action, gunfights, hand to hand combat to satisfy the male testosterone. It’s been a while since we had these scenes where the heroes are never hurt battling a whole army of men and guns. Definitely a throwback to the days of Rambo and Commando.

The film is fun and entertaining because it doesn’t pretty it is anything else but an action movie. There is no pretext of intellectual stimulation here just plain old ass kicking for the bad guys. The repartee between Statham, Li, Stallone also make for good male humour.

As I said, this movie is more than worth its ticket value for the sheer entertainment it provides. There will definitely be a sequel and I know I will be first in line for it.

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