The Expendables

I finally got a chance to see Expendables today.  It’s a movie I’ve been excited about for a long time, but scheduling conflicts and the fact that most of my friends didn’t believe it would be any good meant I waited about a month after opening to see it on my day off.  Well let me just say my friends were completely wrong!  If you’ve read any of the reviews for it most people point to a weak plot, old actors, and something that has been done over and over again…. So what’s wrong with that?!?  This movie is a throwback to the 80s action flick where everything explodes, dialogue is cheesy, and arms are broken like beer bottles at a frat party!  I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout even if the aging actors made me briefly think about my own age.  But that thought quickly faded as I watched a pirate’s body getting ripped in half by Dolph Lundgren’s shotgun!  On with the show…

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his band of merry misfits have been to hell and back too many times to count. Probably homage to the countless action adventures himself, Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham and others have been on in their careers.  But let’s face it; the next chapter is always the best.  Ross decides to take a job from someone he has never met; a job even his worst enemy says is a suicide mission!  During the scouting on the remote island where the mission takes place, Ross and his best friend Lee Christmas (Statham) are attacked by an army controlled by General Garza who is the man they were sent to kill.  Ross’s contact just happens to be the General’s daughter, who is not too pleased that her father has military control over the island and its people.  The guys barely escape, but the girl is captured.  Their quick payback for being chased away comes in the form of Christmas at the head of a plane in a scene that has to be seen.  We’ll just say that paybacks are a bitch sometimes!  Knowing things could turn out bad, Ross and his men still decide they have a job to do, including saving the girl.

As I stated before, I loved the movie!  It wasn’t perfect, but these types of movies never are and you shouldn’t expect that.  I wanted to be entertained, and I definitely was.  It was so cool seeing all of these action stars together, even if someone of them didn’t want to play along (Seagal and VanDamme).  Stallone really did a magnificent job pulling everyone together for what could be a swan song to his major action movie career.  Statham still has a ton of staying power.  And one of my favorite actors from this movie, Flint’s own Terry Crews (Represent!), has a bright future ahead of him in both the action and comedy arenas.

Don’t listen to the critics who say the story is crap; listen to the people who say the action was unbelievable!  They are the ones responsible for pushing this movie close to the 100 million dollar mark after just a month.  It’s a thrill ride from start to finish, complete with a little nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember the 80s and 90s where movies like Rambo, Cobra, Universal Soldier, Die Hard, and Commando ruled the big screen!  I give The Expendables 4 loud-ass automatic shotguns out of 5!

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