I remember hearing more and more casting news on The Expendables – with an ever expanding list of action stars added to the list we were expecting something special.
So did Sly Stallone and co. deliver on the promise of The Expendables?
Pretty much I’d say.
The Expendables are a bunch of highly trained mercenaries who take care of people’s problems, for a price.
The film tells the story of a mission gone wrong as The Expendables head to South America to overthrow a dictator.
The plot is as outlandish as you’d expect and with a cast list featuring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis you know what’s in store. Explosions, gunfire and shouting.
But it’s not just about that. Some of the banter between characters is excellent (usually featuring the great Jet Li) and the feeling of togetherness the group has is portrayed well.
It’s not without its share of mis-steps though. The ‘emotional’ scene with Rourke and Stallone was ridiculous and could’ve been handled with a lot more subtlety. As much good banter as there was between characters it didn’t stop other parts feeling stiff or just too cheesy.
Overall then The Expendables is well worth a watch if you like action films. There is enough going on and plenty of explosions to keep you entertained, unfortunately it’s when Stallone tries to dig a little deeper that things fall a bit flat.