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Film – Quick Thoughts: The Expendables

The Expendables
The Expendables, directed by Sylvester Stallone
Written by: Dave Callaham and Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Eric Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5

My fifth film of 2012 was The Expendables on Blu-ray. The main draw is obviously the cast, a classic action star like Sylvester Stallone working alongside modern ones like Jet Li and Jason Statham, with Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin in supporting roles. It’s the kind of film where Stallone is hanging out with his motorcycles when Mickey Rourke rides in, gives him a tattoo and sends him to meet with Bruce Willis, who offers a job to him or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just having them all together, even briefly, makes the opening half hour lots of fun.

After that it becomes a fairly standard modern action movie and lots of the dialogue is pretty clunky, not just when it strays into difficult territory like the romance subplots but even just in the banter between the team. I enjoyed it but I don’t think it made the most of the cast it had.

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  1. January 28, 2012 at 18:56

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