The Expendables

the-expendables-poster1Director: Sylvester Stallone 
Writer: Sylvester Stallone/David Callaham
Producers: Avi Lerner/Kevin King Templeton/John Thompson
Starring: Sylvester Stallone/Jason Statham/Jet Li/Dolph Lundgren/Randy Couture/Steve Austin/Terry Crews/Mickey Rourke/Bruce Willis 
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 103 minutes

The Expendables is one of the most awaited movies of 2010 and is the movie all action fans have been waiting for as Hollywood’s tough men come together in one explosive movie. Not only is The Expendables the best action movie of 2010 so far but it’s also one of the most enjoyable action movies I have ever had the pleasure to see. So The Expendables is about a group of elite mercenaries who are put on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. It doesn’t have the best plot in the world, in fact it’s mediocre at best, but the action scenes, the well-written script and the brilliant acting make up for it. The Expendables isn’t only one of the best action movies ever but it also reminds us why we watch Sylvester Stallone and it also reminds us that he hasn’t lost any of his talent as a writer, director and actor. The Expendables has a fantastic action cast which is very impressive and lives up to the quote of the poster: “The most awesome action cast ever assembled”. Names such as Jet Li (Unleashed), Jason Statham (Crank), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard) are in the movie and when combined, we get a great action movie.

The Expendables has some great acting from the cast, especially from Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, who make a brilliant action duo. Jet Li adds a little comic relief and Mickey Rourke was fantastic in a scene that reminds you how Rourke hasn’t lost his touch since The Wrestler and how much of a talented actor he really is. However, when you go to see The Expendables, not only do you see it for the brilliant star-studded cast but you see it for the action, which it doesn’t fail to deliver. With slick action choreography from explosions and guns to knife throwing and fighting, The Expendables is a non-stop ride of destruction and it’s a ride you’ll never want to get off. Another thing that I liked about the movie was that it strongly reminded you of the movies back in the eighties to early nineties, going back in the days of Rambo and Die Hard.

The movie itself doesn’t have many problems as it does what it says on the tin but there could have been some room for improvement. The story and some of the script could have been written a little better but The Expendables wasn’t written to be the best movie ever, it was written to entertain and as far as that goes, it hits the target! Sylvester Stallone is a great actor, director and writer and really knows how to make an action movie and delivers what action fans want in a movie. This is a massive treat for action fans and I would recommend this to them any day!  If you want some excitement in a movie, it doesn’t get more exciting than this.

7/10

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