A team of mercenaries are hired to overthrow a South American dictator.
I cannot tell you how much fun I had at this movie. This movie is truly an homage to the overly violent 80s action flicks, yet it is something all on its own. This film brought me back to a simpler time when I was little, I would sit in front of the television with my action figures and watch old television-recorded tapes of movies like Commando, Die Hard, Escape from New York, and Predator. I have always been a huge fan of action movies and The Expendables is 100 minutes of pure nostalgia. Even the dialogue and the characters are written as if they were in the 1980s…whether that was intentional or not, I do not know.
Now of course this film is far from being perfect, as the acting is simply terrible (apart from Roberts and Statham) and you can barely understand many of the actors like Stallone, Lundgren, Li, and Rourke. Luckily, the last half of the film is nearly scarce of any dialogue whatsoever…and the plot isn’t too difficult to understand. With action movies like these, acting and understanding what the main character is saying is often forgiven. We all did it with Stallone and Arnold (“Get to za choppa!”) Schwarzenegger. What really counted back then was body mass and the ability to take out great numbers with skill and style. This is what the film does perfectly. With some fairly quick setup near the beginning of the film, it kicks into high gear with more than an hour left and never stops until the credits roll. The film is fast, violent, and very fun. This is testosterone at its very best.
I feel like I don’t need to convince anyone with this review, because if you thought the previews looked cool, then it is your type of movie. If a good old-fashioned American action flick is what you want, then this is it. Extremely light on CGI and heavy on stunts, blood, bullets, and explosions…The Expendables is the action movie of the year.
Rating: R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language
Runtime: 103 minutes