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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Review of The Expandables (2008) By Mike

Title: The Expendables

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Director: Sylvester Stallone

Genre: Action

Plot: A group of mercenaries travel to rescue a girl from a corrupt military group

Mike's Review

When I first heard about this film I had really high expectations. Sylvester Stallone writing, directing and starring in an action film. He was trying to bring together some of the greatest stars of action films past and present, it sounded too good to be true. As the months went by I kept hearing rumours as to who was in it. Pretty much every name from action films was mentioned. Then the biggest rumour of them all, it was going to star Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger! Never gonna happen I thought. I was never so glad to be wrong. The scene they appeared in may only be a few minutes long but it was perfect.

I went to see this film the week it came out. The cinema was fairly full, and as the film started I noticed something about the audience, they were loving the movie. As the film continued it started to feel like I was seeing this in my living room with a large group of friends. Everyone was laughing, gasping and really getting into the spirit of the film. This really added something special to the film. I have not experienced this during a normal screening of a film.

The film itself follows a very basic formula, big characters, big explosions, big guns and lots of bad guys dying. But what makes this one stand out from modern action films is it doesn’t try to be anything more. It is a throw back to the great action films from the 80’s and 90’s like Commando, Predator, Die Hard and Rambo: First Blood Part II. Films that are so over the top but so very entertaining.

The cast is an action movie fans wet dream. Action movie legends Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren Gary Daniels and Mickey Rourke star alongside modern day action stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, Steve Austin, Randy Couture and Terry Crews. Add to the cast Eric Roberts, David Zayas and Charisma Carpenter and you have probably the greatest cast assembled since Ocean’s Eleven was remade in 2001. The cast works well. I always believe that if the cast had a good time making a movie then it will show in their performance. They must have had the time of their lives filming this.

A film like this will never get any major awards (it did win awards for the stunt work), but then again you don’t go to see this looking for award winning performances. You go to see this to escape from the reality of life and to just be entertained. I am a major action movie fan and it really doesn’t get any better than this.

10 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Normally this is the point where I would name the person whose performance stood out from the rest of the cast. But with this film I really couldn’t choose just one. So this time I will nominate Sylvester Stallone. Not for his acting but for bringing together an amazing cast and developing the greatest action film. Also for bringing together himself, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, together on screen for the first time.


1 comment:

  1. great review mate i really liked the expendables i cant wait for the 2nd one