Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.
John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
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
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The role of Mr. Church, the man who hires the Expendables, was very difficult to cast. It was initially offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declined in favor of a smaller cameo due to his political career. The role was then offered to Kurt Russell, who declined as he was not interested in "ensemble acting at the moment." Sylvester Stallone spent several months after principal photography determined to find a big action name for the part. The role was finally taken by Stallone's friend and fellow former "Planet Hollywood" co-owner Bruce Willis, who was busy filming Cop Out (2010) at the time. See more »
When Christmas is videoing the island, he doesn't turn the camera "ON"; then he leaves the lens on "MF" i.e, no Auto Focus, so no focused video was possible. See more »
We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.
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What an imposing array of muscle superstars. It must be a sure hit! But ...
Lets set aside the normal parameters, script, dialog, acting, suspense, comedy etc. etc. Another parameter is ruining movie and TV production in general - speed cutting!
This film is a horrible example of poor filming and moronic cutting. The MTV dogma of stroboscopic cutting, no cuts over 2 seconds and ½ second cuts in abundance, is ruling. And it is so tiresome. It is so useless. The producer and director think they are hip and cool but they are in fact pretentious, conceited and lazy. Lazy because they can skip so much preparation when only ½ a second has to succeed in each shot. Speed cutting is the lazy directors fast road to fake action.
Speed cutting has taken over the world of film and TV and every producer/director is frightened to death not to be regarded as hip if they don't submit to the dogma. IT IS WORTH NOTHING TO THE VIEWER!
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