The Expendables

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  • Summary: The only life they’ve known is war. The only loyalty they have is to each other. They are the Expendables: leader and mastermind Barney Ross, former SAS blade expert Lee Christmas, hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang, long barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitions expert TollThe only life they’ve known is war. The only loyalty they have is to each other. They are the Expendables: leader and mastermind Barney Ross, former SAS blade expert Lee Christmas, hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang, long barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitions expert Toll Road, and precision sniper Gunnar Jensen. Living life in the fringes of the law, these hardened mercenaries take on what appears to be a routine assignment: a covert, CIA-funded operation to infiltrate the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator General Garza. But when their job is revealed to be a suicide mission, the men are faced with a deadly choice, one that might redeem their souls…or destroy their brotherhood forever. [Lionsgate]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Expendables is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It's reprehensible. It's stoopid violent. It's a lot of unholy fun.
  2. The three icons ham it up, do some verbal towel-snapping and have fun, which also describes most of this self-conscious adventure movie.
  3. 60
    This is action as timeless as the reptilian brain-and if The Expendables is no classic, for about 20 minutes, it blowed up real good.
  4. I love a good, brainless action flick as much as the next alpha male, but this time I had a whole lot of trouble laughing along.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    42
    The opening action sequence, unrelated to the main story, is nicely done, but after that it's all downhill.
  6. The thought behind this body-splattering nostalgia trip is unformed and stagnant.
  7. 10
    The Expendables is savage yet inert, and breathtakingly sleazy in its lack of imagination.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 123
  2. Negative: 24 out of 123
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    The critics couldn't be more wrong on this one. The Expandable is one of the best action movies of all time, it delivers on everything itThe critics couldn't be more wrong on this one. The Expandable is one of the best action movies of all time, it delivers on everything it promises and then some. Every time there was a fight scene, I was overwhelmed by the incredible action on the screen. Bottom line, don't listen to the reviews. Watch this movie. Expand
  2. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    One of the best old school action movies I have seen in a while. Practically team Rambo with a few characters having a back story. The criticsOne of the best old school action movies I have seen in a while. Practically team Rambo with a few characters having a back story. The critics as usual are too stuck up to see this movie for what it is, then again is there actually anyone that takes any notice of critic reviews other than to laugh at them? Throwing knives, honestly what more can I say. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2010
    9
    Not a movie for everyone for several reasons. One of the most intense action movies out there and also one of the best. Stallone chooses toNot a movie for everyone for several reasons. One of the most intense action movies out there and also one of the best. Stallone chooses to up the action and gore instead of story in order to create a true action movie masterpeice. Funny dialogue throughout the film and references to current and old popculture abound, which make the movie all the more like the comic-bookish action movie the critics clearly failed to identify it as. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    6
    Lots of shooting, one-expression-men and tough talking action.

    Entertaining, remotely funny (there is some comedy in the beginning, but it
    Lots of shooting, one-expression-men and tough talking action.

    Entertaining, remotely funny (there is some comedy in the beginning, but it just... fades away after that).

    Stallone's Barney Ross isn't very interesting or lively. Jet Li's Yin was funny, entertaining, yet hard to grasp, and many of the other characters in their team just didn't get enough time to make a name for themselves. I would have to say that Statham's Christmas was the best character of all, with his attitude, humor, personal issues and all. I liked him a lot.

    With men of steel and guns to shoot with, what else is missing than the enemy - and a beautiful girl to rescue? Both are found on an island called Vilena, where a dictator has taken over and her daughter is a one-woman opposition to it all. Of course dear daddy is simply a pawn and controlled by an ex-CIA American, who is motivated by money, profit, and creed.

    The plot isn't original. What makes the difference - or should - is the men, their witty comments and dysfunctional relationships.

    Even though the movie is in the end pretty mediocre, I enjoyed it and didn't get bored while watching it. Nothing new here, but if you are happy with explosions, mercenaries and Stallone & gang... this is for you.
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  5. Dec 24, 2012
    5
    Yes, it probably is the 'most awesome action cast ever assembled' but unsurprisingly it's far from the most awesome action film. Many yearsYes, it probably is the 'most awesome action cast ever assembled' but unsurprisingly it's far from the most awesome action film. Many years have past since some of these guys were at their peak and they certainly having spent that time in acting classes. Dolph Lundgren wins my vote for the worst performance, just don't tell him I said that.

    I haven't seen all that many 80's action films that The Expendables may be a throwback tribute to so perhaps I'm not amongst the audience likely to enjoy this film. A large part of the film is shot in the dark, and it does makes it a little difficult to work out which beefcake action star is talking trash or more likely shooting at an other. The plot is simple, no problems with that. Statham's girlfriend issue brings no value to the film or character and is a see-through attempt to add some 'character development' somewhere, anywhere. When Jean Claude van Damme turns down a role citing lack of substance to a character you know you are in trouble.

    There are some nice touches in the film, the short scene with Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis being worth watching the film for. Schwarzenegger commenting that Stallone 'loves playing around in the jungle' certainly made me chuckle. Also, wrestling stars Stone Cold and Randy Couture going head to head at the end was a treat for sports fans.

    The Expendables is what it is, an over the top action film, definitely nothing more and probably even a little less.
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  6. Dec 31, 2012
    4
    I thought it was going to be a good movie when I saw who was all in it but as I watched it, lots of people who are usually the main people inI thought it was going to be a good movie when I saw who was all in it but as I watched it, lots of people who are usually the main people in a few only had 30 seconds in the entire movie. The fighting scenes had too many explosions and too unrealistic but thats what you get when you watch a Stallone movie. And besides that fact, there werent enough fight scenes. I was bored pretty much the whole time. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2011
    0
    I can't rate this, it's pointless and i can't say good or bad cause I'll get mauled for it... So there is no chance i am going to say just howI can't rate this, it's pointless and i can't say good or bad cause I'll get mauled for it... So there is no chance i am going to say just how bad this movie is! Expand

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