Review: The Expendables

By Matthew Van Allen
Published August 20, 2010

The Expendables - Director Sylvester Stallone
Staring: Sly Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Stratham, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Giselle Itié and Mickey Rourke

Okay, let me just start this off by saying, "LOVED IT!" Worth every penny and I don't care what you say, some folks do indeed need killing! This is the way to do it, folks! Blow 'em up, shoot 'em up in video game wrestling kung fu bone breaking fun!

The film centres around a secret group of assassins for hire sent to a remote island in South America to overthrow bad guys.

There's plenty of action that won't leave you disappointed. I don't really want to give anything away but you do have to wonder if the boys sat around discussing how the fight scenes would end, i.e. "Once I beat this guy up, only then can you have me taken down," or: "First you have to set me on fire, then have me knocked out with a super jump power smash to the face," or: "I have to be taken out by a bullet, no man can stop me!".

So much man-ness!

But seriously, there are even subtle moments of wisdom - times that make you think and leave you nodding in agreement, heart to heart with the muscle-bound lads.

Dang, did I say this is good? It was great! Forget all the Hitchcock hype over Inception, and go for the meat and potatoes!

2 balls out of ... well, out of 2 balls.

And if you have to ask...yes I do think Stallone could take Schwarzenegger. (Aside: big Props to Dolph Lundgren in his role.)

Yes, yes I do agree that they could have somehow included Carl Weathers, Jackie Chan and Jimmy Superfly Snuka into the cast. No, I don't understand why Jean Claude Van Damme turned down a role in the film. And no, Bill Murray was not an expendable.

Matthew is the RTH film and culture critic. He runs The In Between: Moving Pictures and Culture, which you can find inside Sky Dragon at 27 King William Street.


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