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The Expendables (2010) Movie Review

August 13, 2010

Sylvester Stallone, known primarily for his roles in the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movies returns to co-write, direct, and star in another big action movie.  Just like the fourth “Rambo” movie, “The Expendables” is a heart-pounding action movie like they used to make in the 80s.  The two characters you see most in the action are Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham).  Also taking part in the action are Ying Yang (Jet Li), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (Randy Couture), and Paine (Steve Austin).  While the movie advertises Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis as also joining in on the fun, they never take part in the action.  Willis and Schwarzenegger only show up for a single scene while Rourke plays the part of a tattoo artist after losing interest in the fight.

The plot centers on a dictator in a fictional South-American country named General Garza (David Zayas) who is being financed by an American named James Munroe (Eric Roberts).  Ross (Stallone) is hired to take out Garza and Munroe but, on staking out the situation, he finds out that Garza’s daughter is a damsel in distress.  He can’t keep his mind off of her.  What starts out as a job turns personal as Ross and the rest of his team storm the General’s palace to save the girl and kill everyone in sight in the process.  The plot is serviceable and works well enough to get you from fight scene to fight scene.

“The Expendables” is primarily an action movie and has tons of explosions and lengthy fight scenes.  The fights are largely bloodless but certain higher-powered weapons draw blood, creating a nice contrast.  The movie has plenty of laughs, both from actual jokes and great kills, especially kills with some really big guns.  The movie is greatly enhanced by Brian Tyler’s thematic orchestral score.  Tyler’s main theme is sweeping and elegant while the action themes are simple yet effective.  Many of the action-tracks use full orchestra and percussion behind the themes to give the fights a sense of urgency.  If you are in the mood for a summer action movie with traditional orchestral music, don’t miss “The Expendables.”



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