|Directed by:||Sylvester Stallone|
|Written by:||Sylvester Stallone, David Callaham|
|Cast:||Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Trejo, Charisma Carpenter|
Here's a short and sweet review:
First and foremost, watching a midnight screening of THE EXPENDABLES with a loud, enthusiastic, and cheery sold-out audience was an awesome experience. This was my first midnight show in several years, and last night made me remember why midnight shows are so much fucking fun.
As for the film itself, I loved every minute of it! The screenplay, co-written by star/director Sylvester Stallone, certainly will not receive an Oscar nomination, and the plot is undeniably paper-thin, but the film's high-octane, relentlessly bloody, and over-the-top action sequences, delightful sense of humor, groovy old-school '80s feel, and impressive ensemble cast of bad-asses entirely compensates for the aforementioned flaws.
The much-hyped scene involving Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger not only lives up to the hype and satisfied all of my expectations, but it’s also hilarious and a truly incredible "holy shit, how did this ever happen?!" moment in cinema. If you grew up watching their films, you will most likely geek out when you see these legendary action stars together on-screen for the first time. It's a pretty cool sight to see.
Anyone expecting anything else other than a brainless, yet kick-ass action flick will be sorely disappointed and probably shouldn't bother purchasing a ticket. THE EXPENDABLES is a real crowd-pleaser and a blast from start to finish, and I hope to see a sequel in the near future.
Note: See THE EXPENDABLES with a sold-out audience, if you can.