Full Movie Reviews
Gabe - wrote on 11/10/2014
Does this film actually deserve 3/4 stars, probably not, but anytime you can put Stallone, Li, Lundgren, Eric (Not to be confused with his Sister Julia) Roberts, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Rourke, and cameos by Schwarzeneger, and probably my favorite of all Bruce Willis you have a great cast of washed up 80's and 90's action heroes, also known as my heroes. My only question here with the casting, happens to be the most entertaining character in the film, and that's Statham. His acting credits only go back to 1998's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, (which is amazing). But, he doesn't really fit in with the rest of the washed up cast. This I found to be the most fascinating part of the film. Why Statham? Could they not get anyone else? Was Van Damme busy? Anyway, it doesn't …
MovieAddict - wrote on 03/16/2013
“Oh... and by the way... He wants to be president”
A group of elite mercenaries (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews) who call themselves “The Expendables” are men for hire who would get the job done at any means necessary. When a mysterious man, who calls himself Mr. Church (Uncredited Cameo by Bruce Willis) hires "The Expendables" to overthrow a South American dictator General Garza (David Zayas) little do they realize that the real target is ex-CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts) as well as his two henchman's (one of the best WWE wrestlers Stone Cold Steve Austin and Gary Daniels).
Meanwhile, "The Expendables" gets help from a mysterious woman Sandra (Gisele Itié), who is their contact for the mission. When they …
MovieMike - wrote on 08/20/2012
When Giselle Itié’s character, Sandra, says to Stallone “How did you come to be here?” - I was asking myself the same question. I can be a sucker for a good action picture and given how stuffed the cast list was for this movie, I was betting for something between decent and awesome. Boy, was I wrong. ‘Guns of Navarone’, this wasn’t. It isn’t even in the same league as other more recent action pictures like ‘Max Max’ or ‘Die Hard’. Oh, and that list of past action stars? It’s a bit misleading. Messrs Schwarzenegger, and Willis put in all-too brief cameo appearances, and Mickey Rourke is primarily used as window dressing.
To be sure, ‘The Expendables’ has it all, bad-good guys, good-bad guys, and even bad-bad guys. Confused yet? If not, the story will make …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/01/2012
A group of mercenaries are employed to kill the general and drug kingpin ruling a South American island. I approached The Expendables expecting a kind of comic deconstruction cum knowing homage of the 80s action film, but guess what? This is no Kiss Kiss Boom Boom. Instead we get EXACTLY what Stallone has been doing for years. Verbatim. Basically you spend the duration watching a collection of fat-necked, rubber-faced old men with skull tattoos who ride Harley Davidsons and date ex-strippers, high fiving each other after a long day at the office committing mass murder. The action scenes are okay if you like that type of thing, but Stallone is a bit too gleeful in his representation of mutilation, evisceration and decapitation making it all feel a bit tasteless and unpleasant rather than …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/26/2011
Not all action movies have an engaging story/script. Yes there are a few exceptions like Casino Royale, Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard, T2, etc. Sylvester Stallone (as Barney Ross) has put together a film that had potential to be one of the greatest action films created with its cast alone. Cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, his team included Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Randy Couture and Jet Li. Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts and Steven Austin rounded up the villains. Heck, only Jackie Chan and Clive Owen were missing. The missions were a blast and seeing each action hero do their stuff was slightly enlightening. However, the depth of the screenplay was imminent, humor was dry, cheesy romantic attempts with the female character were just a few things that went wrong. …
lpd381 - wrote on 12/31/2010
This movie is exactly what you expect it to be. An action movie with lots of explosions, car chases and shooting. The problems I had with the movie were the character development and the humor. There are multiple characters that really are not developed. Jet Li falls into the back ground as does Lundgren. Rourke is even hardly a character in the movie. Putting Schwarzenegger or Willis on the bill is honestly false advertisement. Neither one of them are in the movie beyond 10 mins. The other problem is the humor. There are attempts at humor but they are honestly not that funny. So overall this movie does have its problems. However, if you are looking for an Oscar caliber movie then this is not it. If you are looking for a decent action movie then give this a try.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/16/2010
The Expendables is a really fun movie - it's a throwback to the big stars of the 80s, while updated with a bit of an edge for a contemporary audience. It has many of the biggest names in action, even if a few were only cameos. However, behind the explosions, behind the swagger and talk I can't help but notice it's also a pretty dumb movie as well.
The only reason you go to see a movie like this is for the action, and in that capacity, The Expendables delivers. You have lots of bullets flying - and it does get graphic - heads explode, people get cut in half, blood does flow. When you run out of bullets, why, you have plenty of knives too - and they tend to stick in necks rather well. Terry Crews perhaps mans the most impressive BFG put on screen - if I was gun nut, I might ask for one …
BryanFury - wrote on 08/14/2010
I don't really know how start describing The Expendables. I think let me start by saying Stallone is an action star there's no doubt about that. But nowadays I'd be letting someone else do the writing and directing for this movie. There's quite a lot going on with the star studded cast but very little of what they actually did. Meaning having almost every heavy weighted action stars on board doesn't really give enough room for anyone to shine or be the best they can be. I mean for example I like Jason Statham in the Transporter he owns that movie. He kicks everyone's ass for a whole 90 minutes of it. But to shortened it to like 10 minutes is like reducing his on air kickass screen presence. The other ones which I didn't mention was like there for a little while, did some gun scenes and …