Topic: The Expendables

has anyone here seen this movie yet? big_smile:D:D

Re: The Expendables

Why, yes I have.  I liked it.  8/10

The plot was simple and straightforward.  The dialog was better than expected, on point and often funny.  Wills and Schwartzy made the best of their brief cameos.  The fight action was filmed better than the usual- the cuts were still quick, but not the 1/3 second-type quick.  I could actually follow the fights.  The gun fights were nice, though some of the exploding bodies were a bit too much CG-looking, but not offensive.  The pace was nice.

One thing- fully auto shotgun with high explosive shells.  (look up AA12 on YouTube.  Now imagine that hitting a body.  OH YEAH!)

In my opinion, one of the better full action movies in years.  I'm glad I saw it in the theatre.  Action fans should be happy with this one.  Won't win any awards, but you will have a fun time with this.

Re: The Expendables

I heard there was some crazy shotguns in it, those things are beasts!

Re: The Expendables

I can't wait for this, I just wanna see Arnie on the big screen again.... even if it is just a cameo big_smile

5

Re: The Expendables

I just watched it and loved it... the acting was bad but the action was fantastic! big_smile

Re: The Expendables

deth_banger wrote:

I can't wait for this, I just wanna see Arnie on the big screen again.... even if it is just a cameo big_smile

I'll let you know it's not an action cameo, but the scene is still great.  Sly, Bruce, and Ahnold all together.  Even though they are just talking, the screen oozed more testosterone than the Oakland Raiders (granted, not to hard nowadays, but still)  lol

Re: The Expendables

ooooooooh I can't wait to see this !!

Mistress drools

Re: The Expendables

I can't believe not more of you have seen it! It was AWESOME! Just as I expected. I cannot wait to get the blu-ray! There are some incredible fights in this movie and I have to say even some kills that made me gasp, but in the awe of such awesome power. Jason Statham would actually have to be my favourite in the film, but everyone together made the film almost more exctiing than I could handle! Thank you Sly and please get to work on the second one!
Everyone go see it now.

Re: The Expendables

azathoth wrote:

I'll let you know it's not an action cameo, but the scene is still great.  Sly, Bruce, and Ahnold all together.  Even though they are just talking, the screen oozed more testosterone than the Oakland Raiders (granted, not to hard nowadays, but still)  lol

Hahahaha awesome!! It's worth my £10 for that scene alone!

Re: The Expendables

I saw this the friday it opened and thought it was really good for the most part, great cast, pretty good acting, liked the script, there was a lot of funny lines and moments. My only complaint is Sly's filming styleclose up and shaky camera during action scenes I can't stand! I'll still give it a 7/10

Re: The Expendables

I really liked it as well! Saw this in theaters with my dad. Great homage to 80's and early 90's action films. Enjoyable little flick! 8/10

Re: The Expendables

Finally watched it last night.  Above average, but not great.

The story was sloppy; it was awesome seeing Dolph Lundgren on the big screen again after over a decade of STC/STV flicks, but really -- take his character out of the film and it has absolutely no effect on the movie.  He's an unnecessary character who has no impact on the story's plot.

It was also a rush -- for me, anyway -- to see Gary Daniels in the movie.  To the uninitiated, Daniels is basically a heavily muscled, european Jet Li.  This guy has moves you could not possibly imagine a man of his physique having.  But he is sadly, sadly underused.

They introduce what you think is going to be a running joke with Jet Li asking for more money.  He says this a few times.  Sly turns him down each time.  This may seem like a carp but since the majority of Li's lines rotate around this need for more money, they've given it the weight of a full sub-plot.  But this sub-plot is never resolved (and it could have been, very easily).  The main plot isn't the only part of a film which needs a resolution.  Sub-plots need one, too, or you're left wondering "What the hell did that have to do anything?"

The spanish girl.  At one point Eric Roberts tells the spanish general this girl has to die, and the general, despite some resistance, appears to ultimately agree.  Cut to later in the movie.  She's still alive.  And we learn this just in time for her to be used as a hostage by Robert.  You remember him, the guy who insisted she had to die, and afterwards was given the opportunity, and his character is the type of villain who would have done it without hesitation.  Yet here she is, missing from the movie for twenty minutes, now back again.  She should not have been locked up in a dungeon twenty minutes after Roberts convinces the general to have her killed.  The next time we see her after that point, she should have been dead.  There is absolutely no reason for her to still be alive after that scene with Roberts and the General.  This, you can attribute to the screenwriter; it shows he didn't let the story flow from the characters, but already had a rigid, unbendable plot programmed for the movie. 

Okay.  Story complaints aside (though that's not all of them) -- let's talk about one of the only two reasons anyone will want to see this flick:  the action. 

The action is fast, furious and brutal.  The movie is definitely not boring.  Gunfights, car chases, fist-fights -- the movie is wall-to-wall action, bloody well done, and each character is given at least one scene to show off their bad ass-ness.  Bodies explode, limbs are chopped off, bullets chew through opponents, Jet Li kicks and chops, Sly fist-fights and body-slams, Statham knives and kung-pows, Steve Austin body-slams and throws people around and Dolph Lundgren shows when it comes to speed, he can hold his own with Jet Li.  Yet all this is depicted in such a style that it still feels like an old-school 80s/90s action flick.  That it both impressed and brought back memories of previous action greats is to its credit.

The second reason anyone would want to watch this movie is to see the collecting of iconic old-school and new-school action stars, and they won't be disappointed.  You've got your old-school tough guys: Stallone.  Schwarzenegger.  Willis.  Lundgren.  Roberts.  Daniels.  Even Li, who was known the world-over long before we ignorant Americans first allowed him into the country in Lethal Weapon 4. 

Then you've got your new-school tough guys.  Statham.  Crews.  Austin.  Couture.  Statham gets the most screen-time, as does Austin as the lead henchman -- but of all their screen characters, I liked Couture's the best.  I'd never seen him in a movie before, and he shows that when it comes to acting, he can hold his own against the very formidable cast.

So, summing up.  Story: no damn good.  Action: top friggin' notch, and though normally I insist on an equal balance, I think the action makes up for the lack of cohesive story.

Definitely give it a watch.

Re: The Expendables

I have seen this movie and it is my favorite movie of 2010...........

Re: The Expendables

pR1m3vil wrote:

I heard there was some crazy shotguns in it, those things are beasts!

this movie kicked fucking ass, I love all those actors, most of my favorite action heros. This is the shotgun in the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ebtj1jR7c

Last edited by Michael_Jason_Krueger (2010-12-04 04:51:52)

Re: The Expendables

Anyone going to bother to buy this version though, seeing as Sly let it out he's working on a 'Director's Cut'?

Re: The Expendables

Nah.  I'll wait for the DC.