The Expendables is Action,Action,Action! But could have been much more!
The movie however does deliver on the action we have come to love from Stallone. Adding more recent action film stars such as Jet Li and Jason Statham were very good choices. Even though Dolph Lundgren has seen better days, he was a team player and showed up when Sly offered him a role. I like Terry Crews a lot and when I heard Snipes turned down that role, I was glad Crews got it. (thank god 50 cent didn't get it) WWE 90's superstar Steve Austin has not done so bad transitioning into films and I think his character was well played. Austin I think has the potential to be a decent action star, given the right role. I was not to big on Eric Roberts being the villain, and in fact every time I saw his acting in the movie it seemed like he was playing Sal Maroni in TDK all over again. I think his role would have been better suited for James Caan or even Dennis Hopper had the film been done a few years ago before Hopper got sick.
The church scene in which Stallone, Willis, and Arnold are all talking was something fans had hoped to see for a long time and might not ever see again. All three top action stars in one movie, in one scene, at the same time. It was the best scene for me and being a life long Arnold fan I was very stoked to see him on the big screen again.
The movie overall I gave a 3.5 due to the lack of originality in the plot. How many times have we seen the dictator storyline? Quite a common theme in action movies. But hey who really thought this movie was gonna have a great storyline?! Hell it wasn't even a good storyline! It was a base storyline with a sh*t load of action and explosions as filler!! That is what I expected, so I didn't leave disappointed.
The acting was good not great. I actually found Mickey Rourke to be the better acting of the film. I did not feel that the actors tried to over act and just went with the flow. They knew it was a movie for action fans and was not trying to win any Oscars.
The movie had tons over the top explosions (full auto shotgun blowing up concrete bunkers) and lots and lots of bodies piling up. The airplane escape scene with Stallone and Statham is a must see. If you like heads and limbs being chopped off then The Expendables is for you!!! So we got car chases with gun fire, severed limbs, gore and blood, huge explosions, and a thrown in romantic angle! Sounds like an action movie to me!
Whether you grew up in the 80's or 90's, are fans of Stallone,Willis, or Arnold, or not fans at all, there is something in this movie for every action fan to enjoy. I think Stallone did this movie for the fans regardless if they are fans of his. He sticks a middle finger up to the critics cause he didn't do this for them, but for me and you and the rest of the movie loving world.