A group of ass kicking mercenaries take on a job nobody else would want, let alone could do, that takes them deep into South America to overthrow a ruthless dictator and his American contacts.
THE EXPENDABLES has been on my mind for nearly a year and a half since I first got wind of Sly's idea. I dug ROCKY BALBOA and enjoyed JOHN RAMBO for what it was but I knew deep down this would be different. Sylvester Stallone knows action and clearly realized how it's been waning as of late. Many people knocked this idea at first but those of us true action fans knew better and despite what a few random critics had to say, I think this film did exactly what it set out to: KICK ASS UNTIL THERE WAS NO MORE ASS LEFT TO KICK!
When it comes down to the cast, countless names come to mind for each and every action fan when it comes to what they felt would be the perfect roster. Aside from all the bullshit surrounding people who could have starred it this bad boy, I was alright with the cast for the most part. I would have dropped Randy Couture for one as he's not even a movie star but other than that I can't really complain. Sly did well enough with giving each guy their screen time though the ball certainly fell in his, Jet Li's, Dolph's and Statham's court for the most part. I could have cared less about seeing more Couture but I would have loved more Terry Crews.
Say what you will about the plot but my on beef was the whole "Southern Dictator" bit, I felt they could have done better like hunting down a rogue merc group or something. Hopefully we'll see bigger and better things from the next one story wise. The Dolph thing was back and forth for me and after the way it panned out (I won't ruin anything I promise) I was even more confused about it. That being the only negative vibe I really had. The action was top notch (thank GOD they went with a hard R rating), seeing Dolph blow a dude clean in half at the beginning and then having Crews decimate with his insane gun was a blast. There was no shortage of adrenaline here and that was the real money in the bank.
THE EXPENDABLES was a risky but brilliant move for Sly and it shows me that even at sixty-four years young, the man can deliver. How can not go to bat for him here after he broke his damn neck filming the thing. As for the Arnold and Willis cameos, I enjoyed the hell out of them but at the same time wasn't expecting much as I fear some people were. This flick was pure action and just the right kick in the nuts this summer needed. I've been overly worried about the death of the action film lately but this flick renewed my faith on some levels. Here's hoping for more from Sly and a hopefully a director's cut of the film when it hits DVD/BLU-RAY.