The Expendables (2010) – Directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and others. This unabashed action film with quite a few of the great action stars old and new, follows a group of elite, and perhaps a bit worn out, mercenaries on a mission to Central America. And though it received a mixed critical reception, it did quite well at the box office. And for reason. As one could expect, and even hope, for this sort of film, there’s an A to Z of automatic weapons, fiery explosions, and bone-breaking hand to hand combat and it offers a tender pleasure to see the grandfathers of contemporary action films together, wrinkles and all, giving it a good go. Of course, and being rather kind, the story isn’t much, but that’s not the point in films of this genre, is it. With all its exploding heads, and other flying body parts, The Expendables is not for the weak at heart, or those who won’t suspend their moral judgement, almost a non sequitur when it comes to this sort of film. Nevertheless, for a testosterone-filled action film, with at least one moment of soul searching, in an excellent scene with Mickey Rourke, The Expendables could be worth watching. (PR)
See our post on the film The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham.
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