Compelling Macho Action
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason
Statham, Jet Li, Dolph
Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy
Couture, Steve Austin, David
Zayas, Giselle Itie, Charisma
Carpenter, Terry Crews, Mickey
Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
and Bruce Willis
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Executive Producer: Guymon Casady, Boaz Davidson,
Danny Dimbort, Basil Iwanyk,
Trevor Short, and Les Weldon
Producer: Kevin King, Avi Lerner, Kevin
King Templeton, and John
Writer: David Callaham and Sylvester
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Sylvester Stallone’s character runs a team of special-forces mercenaries, the Expendables. This team specializes in getting into and out of impossible, politically-charged situations that politicians would never go near, such as their latest job: overturning an evil, Central American, militaristic regime working with a corrupt CIA agent to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
These men never get emotionally involved. They go and complete their job and collect their pay. They are not heroes, and they don’t stand for anything. They are merely soldiers for hire – plain and simple. This particular job gets complicated, though, when Sylvester Stallone’s character is influenced by Sandra, the daughter of the general leading the evil regime. Sandra heroically stands against her father, even at the cost of her own safety.
Stallone, moved by her heroism and bravery, faces a dilemma of conscience when he learns she has been captured by the rogue CIA agent and his henchman, who are working with the her father to grow and process cocaine. Now, he and the rest of his team must go on a suicide mission to rescue her and overturn the evil regime.
Simply put, THE EXPENDABLES is an action movie on steroids. It is filled with plenty of action and plenty of war violence with a high body count. Written by, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the movie delivers the entertainment goods. It even manages to create sympathy for Stallone’s character, who is trying to re-discover his soul by saving the damsel in distress. As such, the movie serves as a good, though violent, vehicle highlighting the star-studded cast, which features some of the most well-known action stars from the 80s, 90s and today. The acting is better than most of the 1980s action movies on which stars like Stallone cut their teeth. The violence and strong foul language, however, require extreme caution.
THE EXPENDABLES is an action movie on steroids. It is filled with plenty of action and plenty of violence, with a high body count and many bloody scenes. Written by, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the story delivers the goods. It manages to create sympathy for Stallone’s character, who is trying to re-discover his soul by saving the damsel in distress. The movie’s themes of heroism and sacrifice are positive. The acting is better than many of the 1980s action movies on which stars like Stallone cut their teeth. However, THE EXPENDABLES has plenty of very strong violence and strong foul language, so extreme caution is warranted.