Feb 20, 2013
The Expendables (2010) (part 1 of 2)
With The Expendables 2 nearly here, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the first one. I won’t be doing a full recap, but if you want to know my general feelings on the film, here’s an expanded version of the review I posted on my blog.
For those of you who have not yet experienced the wonder and magic that is this movie, here’s a brief summary.
Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross, the leader of an elite team of mercenaries hired by a shady CIA man to kill the dictator of a small island, and also his CIA crony, who’s been looking to get into the drug business. Along the way, Ross falls for a young woman who turns out to be the dictator’s daughter, and we get tons of action, explosions, and macho bullshit.
The Expendables is a fun throwback to the sort of film I’ve been covering in my action movie series: Loud, violent, and cheesy as hell. It’s like an ultra-violent episode of The A-Team, and wouldn’t have seemed out of place in a 1985 theater playing on a double bill with some cheesy slasher movie. Heck, if it were made late enough in the ‘80s, there’s a chance we’d still get Eric Roberts as the villain!