Monday, 24 December 2012

FILM: The Expendables (5/10)

Why did I watch it?
Borrowed the DVD from my brother. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

What's it all about?
Sylvester Stallone leads a team of mercenaries including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture up against rogue CIA operative Eric Roberts who is using the national army to enforce a brutal dictatorship on a South American island. 

Should you watch it?
Yes, it probably is the 'most awesome action cast ever assembled' but unsurprisingly it's far from the most awesome action film. Many years have past since some of these guys were at their peak and they certainly haven't spent that time in acting classes. Dolph Lundgren wins my vote for the worst performance, just don't tell him I said that.

I haven't seen all that many 80's action films that The Expendables may be a throwback tribute to so perhaps I'm not amongst the audience likely to enjoy this film. A large part of the film is shot in the dark, and it does makes it a little difficult to work out which beefcake action star is talking trash or more likely shooting at an other. The plot is simple, no problems with that. Statham's girlfriend issue brings no value to the film or character and is a see-through attempt to add some 'character development' somewhere, anywhere. When Jean Claude van Damme turns down a role citing lack of substance to a character you know you are in trouble.

"One, two, three.....give me your tough faces"
There are some nice touches in the film, the short scene with Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis being worth watching the film for. Schwarzenegger commenting that Stallone 'loves playing around in the jungle' certainly made me chuckle. Also, wrestling stars Stone Cold and Randy Couture going head to head at the end was a treat for sports fans.

The Expendables is what it is, an over the top action film, definitely nothing more and probably even a little less.

No comments:

Post a Comment