InstigatorGIRL's Rant & Review of The Expendables

InstigatorGIRL's Rant & Review of <i>The Expendables</i>

The ultimate action movie? Or all talk and no fizzle? *Clips and Minor Spoilers*

The Expendables brings together an action cast like no other movie has done before, and it was awesome! I will admit I was very surprised at how great this movie was! Were there flaws? Yes, but not many. Everyone in the theater walked out with nothing but praise for the movie.

Here's the synopsis for the movie from IMDB:
"THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger the men struggle with an even tougher challenge, one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the Leader, the Sage and the Strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a true cynic who describes what he does as "removing those hard to get at stains". The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas), the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin). When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. And to perhaps save a soul: his own."

-Great action! There were many scenes that had people cheering and laughing and just flat out getting hyped. It even had us in the theater saying "Oh S**T!" Especially the fighting with Statham; this just had great choreography. Each actor had their moment to shine and to deliver the action and they didn't disappoint!

-This movie definitely was not the best example of proper movie editing. The editing was very lazy and it showed in a few scenes. Also there were scenes that could've been taken out that were just kinda there for no real reason.

-Some damn good dialogue. To be honest, I wasn't expecting the dialogue to be that great and although its not "Oscar-worthy" it wasn't crappy either. The thing that bothered me was how the some of the actors would deliver the lines. It wasn't the lines themselves that sucked just how the person delivered them.

-Which brings me to the acting. Okay, here's how I felt with the acting. Some delivered and some didn't. Statham and Stallone, awesome. Especially their scenes together. Eric Roberts too, but Rourke takes home the prize for this one. He's not even in the movie that much but just the few lines he says is just so damn good. One scene he even gave me chills. Arnold, meh... Bruce Willis no complaints but no praise either. It wasn't anything he hasn't done before. Jet Li, some scenes he was good others just bad. Anyways, the acting can be split in half.

-The Arnold/Stallone scene was just hysterical! *SPOILER* What was so great was the little jabs they make at each other, but the best part was when Arnold leaves. Bruce Willis asks Stallone what Arnold's problem was, and Stallone says something a long the lines of, "Oh, nothing. Dude just wants to be President." Anyways, that whole scene was just funny.

-Just enough blood and gore. I think that says enough.
Could Of Killed Me Clip

-Again, the choreography in this was great! Especially Statham's fight scenes. Just so damn brutal.

Guys will love this movie! As I said before, everyone walked out of the theater very happy about this movie. It will make you laugh and totally saying your "oooh's and awww's." I liked it so much I am going to go see it again for sure. This movie is a fantastic ride from start to finish and is worth every dollar to watch it. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!

Now get to the theater and watch this or I'll confiscate your man cards!!!!
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