Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Expendables

I went out to the movies last night for a break and to finally see The Expendables.

Being an avid fan of action movies I'm probably a bit inclined to like this movie simply for the cast, which if you haven't heard is a list of who's who of action stars past and present.  However, the movie was actually fun, if not very original in the plot department.

The plot is a standard generic story, an old save the girl tale, and just an excuse to get the actors from fight scene to fight scene and explosion to explosion, but it makes sense and has a couple of nice softer moments.  The dialogue is entertaining and fast paced and the repartee between Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone is first rate;  I'd love to them together in another movie.  I did think Jet Li was a bit under used and I would have like to have seen more of his character, but Mickey Rourke had a small but memorable role.

But the best thing about the movie is, of course, the action.  There were some fabulous fight scenes, especially the end sequences where there are multiple fights happening simultaneously.  It also rates high on the destruction scale with a series of magnificent explosions; they demolish just about everything.

It's not strong on plot, but it is a kick to watch.  I'd give it a 3 out of 5.


The Expendables on IMDb:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320253/

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