Movie Review – The Expendables – BOOM BOOM POW

The Expendables (2010)

This is a movie ALL action fans have been looking forward to, however ridiculous or bad it was we’d still watch it due to the awesome line-up of action movie legends making up the cast. It’s another movie by Sylvester Stallone, starring…Slyvester Stallone, with the 2nd lead being Jason Statham. And whilst Mr. Statham started out with the classic British cockney con-man roles in Snatch/Lock Stock – he’s become a great action star.

How can you not watch a movie that has Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, The Gov (Arnie) and Bruce Willis (even tho the last two are just cameos).

Eric Roberts and Gary Daniels are from those classic 90’s martial arts movies like Full Impact, Best of the Best & American Streetfighter. Anyone who was born in the late 70’s or early 80’s will know EVERYONE in this film and love the style of the movie.

It’s a very ‘Stallone’ film – the pure conviction of the violence is very reminiscent of Rambo IV from 2008 and is very real. Although I can’t say I like the fact they use the new age MTV style of filming some of the fight sequences (handy-cam style with very tight angles so you can’t really see what is going on). I think we can blame Bourne for that trend.

As for the man himself Sly, I defy anyone to find a fitter and tougher looking 64 year old busting out some moves and kicking some arse.

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross in The Expendables (2010)

I can say with great conviction that 2010 is a fantastic year for action movies so far with Kick-Ass, which gets it’s butt handed to it by Expendables and A-Team which is about on par with it I think.

I’m so glad I watched this on the opening weekend as I got to see in the huge THX certified ‘Screen 1’ at Tropicana City Mall and it was fantastic, you could feel every explosion vibrating your intestines.

I have to say I think Jet Li had the weakest part in the movie, both his sappy Asian character and his lack of fighting skills. Plus the only casting choice I really couldn’t tolerate was David Zayas as General Garza…to me he’s always the rather comical and not at all scary Angel Batista from Dexter.

Those that were missing for me? Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson, Cynthia Rothrock & Michael Dudikoff then it would have been complete!

Other than that it was pretty good non-stop action, some decent dialogue and well EVEN MORE ACTION. Just how I like it. I can definitely say the ladies probably wont like this one very much, especially those born in the mid to late 80’s as they won’t know who the hell half the cast is.

But for those guys around my age (which shall remain undisclosed) this has to be one of the most superb movies EVER. I was surprised to see it’s rating is a super high 8.1/10 on IMDB – but then I guess a lot of those rating the movies are male and around my age – so rock on!

I can foresee I’m gonna watch this movie over and over again, awesome! And YES I want an AA-12 Shotgun!

I give it a 120 shotgun shells per minute 9/10.




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14 Responses to Movie Review – The Expendables – BOOM BOOM POW

  1. eyeris August 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Stone Cold actually broke Stallone’s neck while filming their fight. Now THAT’S HARDCORE!

  2. EVo August 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    @eyeris no freaking way! Did stallone make it out in one piece?

  3. Tan Yee Hou August 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm #


  4. eyeris August 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    EVo: yeah he did. i think it was just a fracture. but still! Apparently they had to make constant trips to the hospital while shooting because the action was so brutal. haha

  5. Teh Tarik Drinker August 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    saw this during the premier with nuff. my god its an ultimate guys movie. had to do sit ups right after watching the movie! BUILDING KICK!

  6. KY August 17, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    wtf he is 60 fucking 4? that’s unpossible!!!

  7. Mark August 17, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    If only Bruce Willis played a bigger role in the movie, would love some Die Hard style action in there as well

  8. kimberlycun August 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    the worst thing about this film is that there’s no chuck norris!

  9. Haze August 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Sure boh? On par with a team? (attempt in being more ‘interesting’)


  10. ShaolinTiger August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    eyeris & EVo: Yah I’d read that too, he had to have a pretty serious operation and now has a metal plate in his neck, that’s hardcore!

    Tan Yee Hou: Go finger your arse.

    Teh Tarik Drinker: Hahaha yah, wish you can look like Stallone at 64 eh?

    KY: Yah, Dolph Lundgren is 52 as well, it’s nuts!

    Mark: Yah, was just a cameo really.

    kimberlycun: Hahaha yah, he was more 70’s tho.

    Haze: Yah, sure. Netscape 0_o have reported to plug-in author – he said he’ll fix it ASAP.

  11. dogbone August 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I was kinda surprised Van Damme’s name wasn’t on the roster. But overall I still loved the flick. A totally unpretentious testosterone driven boomfest! Oh and if you liked the AA-12, check out the Korean take on the design… the Daewoo USAS-12. Every bit as yummy and theoretically sporting a 50% higher ROF! 😀

    USAS 12 Fully Automatic 12 Gauge Shotgun


  12. ShaolinTiger August 30, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    dogbone: Yah if you read the Wiki etc he was offered a part, lot’s of people were. Wow that shotgun is EVEN MORE nuts.

  13. ken August 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    shot shot, talk, man falls in love, tries to save girl, boom, Boom, BOOM, BOOOOMMMM!

  14. ShaolinTiger September 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    ken: Exactly how I like it!