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A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.



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Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA)  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,910,596 (UK) (20 August 2010)


$102,981,571 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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Good for What it Was
7 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sylvester Stallone single handedly reinvented his career with the newest additions to both the Rocky and Rambo franchise's with Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2007). Now where does Stallone go from after bringing his seemingly "dead" career back to a superstar? He follows up his efforts from those two films by also directing his newest film called the Expendables (2010). This was meant to be a homage type film to all the great action films of the 1980s. Now compared to his other two recent films this is a disappointment. But the film has enough tricks up his sleeve to keep us entertained and bring me to the conclusion that it was good for what it was.

In this film a team of Mercenaries called the Expendables is given a mission to go a topical island to take out a military leader and CIA operative.

Now I will say that the story is a bit of disappointment. I know that this is an action film and wasn't meant to have any deep plot or anything like that but it seemed like that is where they were going at first. The first half of the film was great. It was not original but it was starting off really good. They are shown as a team on a boat freeing some hostages and they set up three different characters from then on. Sylvester Stallone's character named Barney Ross, Jason Statham as Lee Christmas and Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen are started to be set up as characters very nicely. Barney gets some deeper talks with Mickey Rourke's character and we get some very insightful glimpses into Lee Christmas's character. Gunnar is also set up as a "loose cannon" and just wants to be fully accepted into this team. Now the first half of the movie is all done very good we get a good plot, some excellent action sequences, and some really cool cameos. But unfortunately that's where the plot stops and where the rest of the film is just one big action sequence set up after another. There are many unanswered questions regarding Lee Christmas's personal life and also the rest of the team is just presented as the other tough funny guys on the team. Now granted that this is a homage but it does have a lot of clichés regarding the team based film. So the first half is good story wise but the rest of the film is just all action so please don't get fooled in the beginning part this is a full blown action film. If they wanted to keep the story going then the film needed to be much longer.

Okay now it sounds like I am "crapping" on this film but really even though the story was shallow I was kept very much entertained by the incredible action sequences that are seen throughout the movie. These are very intense and elaborate scenes and the stunt work is just incredible. We get a little bit of everything in this film. We get car chases, big firefights, and some incredible hand to hand combat. The car chases is nothing new to action films but then again neither is the rest on that list. The car chases are exciting always filled with exciting and tense action to it. From Jet Li jumping on to the back of the truck while firing his machine gun at enemy cars, to Stallone weaving in and out of traffic narrowly avoiding crashes with other cars. But the big gunfights are also good and well staged. But the main part of the action was the hand to hand combat sequences. These are some of the best in modern day action films and I kept wowing at those and it kept my smiling the entire way through. It was awesome seeing Stallone kick some major ass and seeing Jason Statham doing amazing fight work while still throwing knives and firing a gun at point blank range. Also the fights are graphic and very violent. You will see what a shotgun will do to you and what happens when you get shot of point blank range. For anyone who loves to see some super bloody fights then this is the film for you they never skip out on the blood. So all in all the action is what the film is really about and will leave you very entertained throughout the film.

The acting is very good for an action film. Stallone is great as he always is as Barney Ross as is Jason Statham as Lee Christmas. Jet Li is also very good as Yin Yang as is Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jenson and also Randy Couture is fine as well and everyone else is all good. One of the best parts of the film is the chemistry between all the actors. The all perform very well together on screen weather its joking around or saving one another's butts the never fail to be amazing on screen together even if they team are clichéd.

Stallone once again directs and writes his newest film. It seems like he is always better that way then just a plan actor. Now while I liked his past two films better I do like the amount of work his puts into his films. The dialogue he writes is funny and maybe a little clichéd this time around but it's not cheesy. Also he directs the action sequences well. However he has got to learn to better use his special effects. For the most part a lot of this is real, but there was a scene where a man catches on fire that looked very fake.

The Bottom Line is this is an entertaining action film that is loose on plot but heavy on action and while at times it's clichéd it's entertaining none the less and the rating has right now is just perfect for it.

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