The Expendables

Are you ready for the testosterone to reach a level you never thought possible?  When you have a movie that stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke AND has a scene that brings together Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger; the movie could be about a bunch of these actors talking about knitting patterns and the testosterone level will still reach a twofold.

Happily, knitting patterns are never discussed in the new action movie, “The Expendables” which was written, along with co-writer Dave Callaham, and directed by Stallone.  Sylvester Stallone plays Barney Ross who leads a team of mercenaries on dangerous missions.  Their latest mission is to go to South America to overthrow an evil dictator who commands an army of over a 1000 men. 

Your eyes will pop right open starting with the very first shot fired in the movie and that is no exaggeration.  Stallone is often under-rated as a director, and he really reaches back to his roots in this movie in a genre that help make him a superstar for almost 20-years.  He brings everything to the table a good action movie needs; gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, car chases, and even throws plenty of humor in for good measure.  The guns are loud (Crews uses a gun that will blow your ears off), and you better be prepared for things to get bloody.

If you are looking for great cinematic value, then look elsewhere.  This movie is only out to entertain action fans and that is what it does.  There is a subplot/love interest for Jason Statham’s character, Lee Christmas, in the form of Charisma Carpenter who plays Lacy; but, this subplot does NOTHING to move the story forward at all.  It serves no purpose whatsoever other than to give Statham one more scene of action.  There will be no acting nominations stemming from this movie.  Everyone who was cast in this movie knew what their job was and they all do it well: shoot their guns and spit out the one-liners.  It’s how many of them got to where they are today.  The movie is rated R for the strong and bloody language from start to finish, and some language too.  You can use the tool below to find where it is playing locally.