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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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Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. Written by The Massie Twins

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

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,910,596 (UK) (20 August 2010)

Gross:

$102,981,571 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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The movie reunites two pairs of former co-stars, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren from Rocky IV (1985), and Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts from The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). See more »

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When Barney Ross and Lee Christmas arrived at the island for the first time to investigate, Lee had a smaller prime lens mounted on his camera. But then in the city he had a bigger zoom lens attached . He didn't seem to be carrying a bag with him so there's no logical explanation on how he changed lenses. See more »

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Barney Ross: We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.
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People get shot with bullets, from guns, and die as a result.
28 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you aren't sure what to expect going into this think Rambo, only there are five Rambos instead of just one, and two of them know karate.

If you do have high expectations going in (as I did), you will start to wonder if perhaps this movie isn't going to be what you were expecting as you watch it. The first hour gives you the two 'big' cameos, which weren't worth the hype (or any hype for that matter), and an out of place Mickey Rourke emotional moment but not much else.

The real payoff comes in the last half hour or so of the movie which is a beautiful symphony of mindless violence, and more than makes up for the beginning.

Overall the movie seemed a little rushed as far as the story goes and I won't be surprised to see a extended cut when this comes out on DVD but it is a solid action movie and worth the watch. And hats off to Randy Couture who actually steals the movie a little bit during the big action scene at the end.


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