Welcome to my review for The Expendables starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jet Li. I would named the others but you probably all know who they are by now. This is a movie that many people have been hyped about for a while now, seeing this as one of the greatest action films ever made and its hard not to believe it; with a cast of incredible action stars and with a story that sounds like its straight outta the 80’s, it seemed like it would be a fun time. And it was just that and nothing more.
Now the basic plot of The Expendables is pretty simple. You got a group of mercenaries known as the The Expendables, which is a set of six guys (even though we’re mostly with Stallone and Statham), and what they do is, well, kill people. And now they have a mission to go down to a place in South America and kill a corrupt politician.
Now I can say for one thing that I did not expect this film to be Schindler’s List (which if you think it will be as such you need to bang your head against the wall and knock some sense into yourself), I just figured it to be a straightforward action movie. And that’s exactly what I got. And for what it set out to be it delivered.
And the action is very badass; these are definitely some of the best action sequences I’ve seen on screen, some that make the violence in Rambo look PG (that’s exaggerating, but you get the point). There’s this one weapon in the film and it’s the first time I said myself, “Man I gotta get me one of these.” And for the most part the story and the acting is very good, but of course that’s not why you came to see this film right?
I did have my complains with the film however. There was one subplot concerning Stathom’s girlfriend in the movie that didn’t do anything to the film. I know that they wanted to add something to the movie to make it all not about action, but it didn’t work and added nothing to the film. They could have cut it out and cut her character out and it would’ve worked out just fine.
And besides Stallone and Stathom, most of the other Expendables were underused to the point where they were non-existent. I would’ve liked to seen many of them used more in the film. But other than that this movie sets out what it promised. It’s a straightforward, no bulls**t action film that’s a lot of fun, fast pace, and overall a great time at the theater.
I give The Expendables a 7.5/10.