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The Expendables
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11.29.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Sly Stallone

Actors:
Sly
Jet Li
Jason Statham

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of ass kicking mercenaries take on a job nobody else would want, let alone could do, that takes them deep into South America to overthrow a ruthless dictator and his American contacts.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE EXPENDABLES had been on my mind for nearly a year and a half before it hit theatres (since I first got wind of Sly's idea). I dug ROCKY BALBOA and enjoyed JOHN RAMBO for what it was but I knew deep down this would be different. Sylvester Stallone knows action and clearly realized how it's been waning as of late. Many people knocked this idea at first but those of us true action fans knew better and despite what a few random critics had to say, I think this film did exactly what it set out to: KICK ASS UNTIL THERE WAS NO MORE ASS LEFT TO KICK!

When it came down to the cast, countless names came to mind for each and every action fan, we all no doubt have our own ideas for what would be the ultimate roster as we all have our favourites. Now aside from all the bullshit surrounding people who could have starred in this bad boy (Van Damme for one), I was alright with the cast for the most part. I’d have dropped Randy Couture for one as he's not even a movie star but other than that I can't really complain. Sly did well enough with giving each guy their screen time though the ball certainly fell in his, Jet Li's, Dolph's and Statham's court for the most part. I could have cared less about seeing more Couture but I’d have loved more Terry Crews.

Say what you will about the plot but my only beef was the whole "Southern Dictator" bit, I felt they could have done better like hunting down a rogue merc group or something (like Arnold’s group perhaps), hopefully we'll see bigger and better things from the next one story wise. The Dolph thing was back and forth for me and after the way it panned out (I won't ruin anything I promise) I was even more confused about it, that being the only real negative vibe I really had. The action was top notch (thank GOD they went with a hard R rating), seeing Dolph blow a dude clean in half at the beginning and then having Crews decimate with his insane automatic shotgun was a blast. There was no shortage of adrenaline here and that was the real money in the bank.

THE EXPENDABLES was a risky but brilliant move for Sly and it shows me that even at sixty-four years young, the man can deliver (and how can we not go to bat for him here after he broke his damn neck filming the thing). As for the Arnold and Willis cameos, I enjoyed the hell out of them but at the same time wasn't expecting much. Sadly, I think some people were and as such left disappointed. This flick was pure action and just the right kick in the nuts this genre needed. I've been overly worried about the death of the action film lately but this flick renewed my faith on some levels. Here's hoping for more from Sly and more from The Expendables.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Sly gives a great commentary and has far more to say than you’d think. Some people may view this film as nothing more than mindless action but to hear Sly explain his point of view proves otherwise.

Ultimate Recon Mode: This interactive mode plays through the film with a smaller pop up screen full of extra stuff to see and rummage through. These are all the rage now but fun nonetheless.

Comic-Con 2010 Panel: This is the full Comic-Con panel, forty five minutes of badass awesomeness and I wish I’d been there to see it. That said, it would have been cooler to see the entire cast.

Inferno: The making of the Expendables: Just as he did with JOHN RAMBO, Sly pulls out all the stops for a making-of documentary that runs just as long as the film itself.

From the Ashes: Post Production Documentary: I love where Sly goes with this; explaining that when it comes down to the heat of the moment you don’t always get what you wanted but make it work with what you have. He’s got a true eye for directing.

Gag Reel: Its hilarious watching these guys screw around and shoot the shit, they obviously had a blast working together and it shows.

Deleted Scenes: They totally should have left this one in, if for no better reason than it being there helps make sense of what Gunner means when he says, “what he said.”

Previews: There’s a bunch of trailers, BD-LIVE content, Blu-ray commercials, a photo gallery and a DVD Copy as well as a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
So the critics had a field day with this one but I say who the hell cares because those of us who love these films (and miss the hell out of them) were more than happy to sit through this bad boy loving every minute. Sly put together a good team and not only paved the way for a cool franchise but hopefully breathed new life into the action genre.
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7:33PM on 11/29/2010
Got the blu-ray on opening day. This is an amazing disc, packed to crack with interesting content, and the Ultimate Reckon mode kicks ass.
Got the blu-ray on opening day. This is an amazing disc, packed to crack with interesting content, and the Ultimate Reckon mode kicks ass.
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9:12PM on 11/29/2010
Not to mention the DTS HD 7.1 channel audio that will knock your socks off! It's an awesome Blu Ray disc.
Not to mention the DTS HD 7.1 channel audio that will knock your socks off! It's an awesome Blu Ray disc.
12:29PM on 11/29/2010

Respectfully, I Find You To Be Dead Wrong

I am a fan o every genre, and I do really enjoy the big, ridiculous 80s film this tried to emulate (Norris' "The Octagon" being a particualr favorite), but how is the action good when it's too damn dark to see anything? Why does the fact that the general's daughter paint bear any sigfingance? Why have all this people and do nothing with them? Also, with the budget, why were the CGI effects (specfically the fire) so damn awful? The heartbreaking thing is, I was really looking forward to this.
I am a fan o every genre, and I do really enjoy the big, ridiculous 80s film this tried to emulate (Norris' "The Octagon" being a particualr favorite), but how is the action good when it's too damn dark to see anything? Why does the fact that the general's daughter paint bear any sigfingance? Why have all this people and do nothing with them? Also, with the budget, why were the CGI effects (specfically the fire) so damn awful? The heartbreaking thing is, I was really looking forward to this. The fourth "Rambo" film was outstanding (my fave in that series) and "Rocky Balboa" was the second best in it's respective franchise. Also, why have an hour's worth of plot? I don't need that much talking in my action film.
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8:53AM on 11/29/2010
The Expendables is so much fun and an awesome throwback to action movies that we are used to. And yeah, I wish there was more Terry Crew in it too. Hopefully we'll get The Expendables 2 one day.
The Expendables is so much fun and an awesome throwback to action movies that we are used to. And yeah, I wish there was more Terry Crew in it too. Hopefully we'll get The Expendables 2 one day.
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