August 13, 2010 by USA Post
Expendables Review, The nature of evil is a really comforting one, actually. Because if someone or a group of someones, is in full on “Hey, we’re going to torture this woman!” So, there is no doubt about pulling the trigger to stop the monsters. If the villains do not have moments of quiet introspection late at night, he huddled with his cat, where they think “Wow, I’m the worst, I have to make that change,” then we have to feel the pangs of sympathy their situation. The good ones are going to kill, probably after breaking ankles, and we need not have the slightest bit of guilt for the transaction. Yes, it was a gentler era when you could just kill everyone in sight without any hint of the plot or context, was a gentler era when you can swivel a companion while daring to utter a single line.
The Expendables seems to understand that times have changed. The muscled-up hulkers participate in the moments of stuttering therapy and talk about each other’s feelings, though of course with a wink and a nod to the audience. Ja, ja! Look at these chiseled gladiators discuss the dangers of dating! The difference is that movies like Rambo gender did not play for laughs, were films that truly believes in his mission. The fact that The Expendables not be taken seriously indicates how the crew is aware of the changing landscape. Now throw in some sneering villains running unfortunate (and quite avoidable) farmers markets in their military vehicles and you have The Expendables. Not a good movie but a movie anyway.
However, one can not reasonably talk about The Expendables, without going into the deal. The core team consists of Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews. Dolph Lundgren is in the middle of the film. Other notables make appearances (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger), but do not participate in any of the shares. Schwarzenegger in particular, wanders into a scene like a wounded water buffalo, ill-fitting suit and dialogue jarring reminder that the stars of this world is old, while we were not looking. Mickey Rourke channels Elvis (Val Kilmer) from True Romance, dispensing folksy wisdom as calling people “brother” a lot. On the bad side “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Eric Roberts do everything possible to make it reasonable to want them badly damaged. Much success!
Good to above are hired to kill all the bad guys have taken over an island “in the Gulf” called Vilena, which fortunately does not exist in real life. David Zayas (which is pretty solid in Dexter) is the general in charge of the island that the bad guys have subjugated. Fortunately he is also completely mad and ready to serve as collateral damage. His daughter Sandra (Giselle EITI) aligns with the good and shows your best “help meeeeeeeeeee” eyes throughout the film.
The Expendables should be given some credit for the full amount of the death broke everything. That is, these guys really kill a mess of people in new and creative. Jason Statham in particular shines as the next generation of action hero, if this generation has brought aid “wanted” sign in his “going to kill all” department. If you are looking for 10 minutes of legitimate dialogue marked by hundreds of bodies flying around will be very happy here. It is only if you are looking to recapture the magic of the 80s may find disappointment.
I think that says a lot about the end credits of The Expendables have the same song that was used in a disastrous scene of the Navy Seals for 20 years. Children can be back in town, but the city has matured. I suppose it could be ironic, or a tribute, or a shot in the dark. In any case, feel old, clumsy and a little sad. The world has changed since Rambo and Arnold domain, that no, not the fault of the film. But it’s going to be accountable anyway.
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