The Expendables (Blu-ray/DVD, 2010, 2-Disc Set)
The one thing in Hollywood that people tend to overlook is that it’s hard to be a tough guy anymore. Everyone wants to be a tough action hero but it’s rather hard to believe that someone like Matt Damon is a badass in actual life. He’s a great actor, and the Bourne franchise was excellent, but the one thing missing from that (and most other action films of the last 20 years) is that deep down inside we really don’t buy Matt Damon as a tough guy. He’s a pretty boy acting like he’s spent nights in jail for bar fights when in reality he was the guy huddled in the corner, praying for the police to come so he can resume drinking his wine spritzer.
You don’t think of Matt Damon as a guy who played football or wrestled at a high level, then became an actor. He’s a guy who became an actor and then acts like a tough guy; most Hollywood types are like that. It’s why the action film is not what it once was. You can buy a guy like Sylvester Stallone being a tough guy because he actually is one. Hence the reason why The Expendables works as well as it does; at its heart these “men on a mission” are legit tough guys as opposed to actors pretending to walk the walk when they’re really merely talking it.
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) leads a team of mercenaries into some of the worst places in the world. He is joined by his second in command Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture), weapons expert Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and martial artist Yin Yang (Jet Li). With Tool (Mickey Rourke) coordinating their jobs from a tattoo parlor, this is an elite group of commandos that get paid well for the dirtiest of jobs a mercenary can do. When a job from a CIA front man (Bruce Willis) leads him to a small South American country led by a dictator (David Zayas) and a rogue CIA operative (Eric Roberts) they want dead (and the odds stacked against them) Ross and his team go in to save a girl (Gisele Itie) that represents something more for Ross.
And that’s one of the more interesting aspects of The Expendables; it’s that there’s something more to it than just two hours or so of zealous action work. It has heart to it. The film’s main focus is on Ross, not shocking because Stallone directed & co-wrote it as well as stars in it, but the film focuses on his redemption as a character. He’s been a killer across many continents and there’s a weariness to him that Stallone brings out in him that’s understated. This is man who’s been hardened by years of doing dirty work. This is his opportunity for him to do something good to still hold on that part of him that still has a soul worth saving. It’s in a conversation with Rourke, a quiet scene between the two, where this comes out.
It’s a small bit of brilliant acting by Rourke, and a large (and almost unnoticed) bit from Stallone allowing Rourke to dominate a scene and let him non-verbally play off of it. It takes a lot from an actor to allow another to dominate the scene, to stay out of his way and let him bring out more than what the screenplay demands, and Stallone the actor is in sync with Stallone the writer/director in letting this small but crucial moment happen. It’s the impetus to the film’s final act and without would feel like something tacked on because the film needed to justify its explosion budget.
In an era where everyone wants to be a tough guy, The Expendables proves that one of the things you can’t fake with CGI or a personal trainer is actually being a tough guy.
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Action Packed Thriller
With a cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis how can it go wrong?
The Expendables is a fast paced, action, thriller about a group of former military men for hire. They travel the globe to solve problems that no others will handle.
This movie is full of blood, gore and has all the action/adventure you would expect it to have.
It was entertaining and keep my interest throughout the entire movie.
I would watch it again.
Additional Cast Members include: Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, and Terry Crews
Note that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce WIllis are only in one scene.
Great action flick - mindless entertainment!
The reason you watch this film is for the aging action stars (no armored walkers) that you enjoyed in the 80's & 90's together again. There are almost as many plot holes as bullet holes, but that's not the point! Just non-stop action, great Blu ray picture quality and audio that will tax your home theater system. Eric Roberts play a great villain, and everything moves quickly. It's mindless entertainment, so sit back with a beer and a big bowl of popcorn - and enjoy!
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perfectly enjoyable mercenaries-on-a-mission-of-redemption adventure with a mix of testosterone-fueled camaraderie and this-time-it’s-personal seriousness. Yes, it does feel like a party thrown by Stallone for his friends and fellow action heroes aging out of mainstream
the best are the special features where you can appreciate Sylvester Stallone,Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis together in the filming which clarifies many rumors it was fotomontage
Awesome product! Great value for the money!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
ultimate action movie. even better in blu-ray. got the digital copy for my iphone and gave the dvd away as a gift. triple whammy!