Watching Sylvester Stallone on screen with some of the greatest action stars in movie history is a real treat. Watching Stallone and his posse taking on literal armies is also something that everyone deserves to be privy to. I’d get a kick out of saying something along the lines of “you’ve never seen anything quite like this,” but that’s not true. You have, only not on this large a scale of awesomeness and pure testosterone.
If you’ve ever seen an action movie that was released anytime within the last 20-30 years, then you have a pretty good idea as to what to expect when you watch this movie. There’s the typical one-liners, the absurd amount of ridiculous violence, and the moralistic sense of righteousness, at least so far as overthrowing mean dictators. Still, it’s not every day you witness so many heavy hitters together in one movie. Starring Jason Statham and Jet Li to name a few, with cameos from Bruce Willis and everyone’s favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger, this movie is simply impossible not to love.
The Expendables is, by any and every definition, a manly movie. It is so manly that just viewing the movie alone will by proxy cause you to become more manly. That’s just how it is. I’m sorry if some of you would be unable to handle the substantial amount of manliness that resonates from this particular film, but you’re gonna have to deal with it. The Expendables offered summer audiences a good fashioned action flick, in a summer full of mostly dull or mundane movies.
There isn’t much subtext to Sylvester Stallone’s latest cinematic wonder, but that’s the whole point. The movie’s very purpose is to provide escapism for the audience, letting everyone zone out long enough to watch a small entourage of badasses take out legions of henchmen in all manner of ways. Still, it’s more than possible to over criticize this film, ripping into it for not being at all meaningful or deep, with actors and characters who are known more for their brawn then for trying to speak eloquently. Then again, don’t try and read too much into The Expendables, please, save yourself the trouble.
Already there’s a sequel brewing somewhere out there, and for good reason. The Expendalbes might be the action classic that great multitudes of people have been waiting for. In an age where the typical action hero is a commodity that’s harder and harder to find, it’s great to see many of the classics all thrust together. Nowadays, you’d be hard pressed to think of many actors who come off as “action heroes.” Sure, we have Statham, and maybe Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but really, there aren’t too many others. For someone such as I who throughly loves action movies, I find this to be a shame.