Just got back from the theater and needed to share. The Expendables is a great movie for those who love cheap action thrills. I have never claimed to be a movie snob, nor do I take much advice from the reviewers and 4-star ratings as I decide which movie to see. I love a great action movie. I know the dialog may be poor and the explosions exaggerated, but I love it. I don’t need my action star to have graduated top of his acting class and stared on Broadway before jumping into the big screen. In fact, I find it easier to believe when the 6′-6″ meat-head stumbles with his speech and uses clichéd catch phrases. None of the meat-heads I know have a very extensive vocabulary anyway, and during an adrenalin-inducing event I am sure they would resort to popular movie catch-phrases anyway.
That is why The Expendables was so entertaining. I went to the theater expecting to see some favorite action heroes attempt to create chemistry amongst themselves on-screen and try to shoot off a few one-liners while taking on the world for a noble cause. Essentially, I got exactly what I expected. The novelty of having all the typical, stand-alone characters together was reason enough for me to see it, but I didn’t find the chemistry was all that terrible and I was not distracted from the flow of the movie by character interactions.
I was slightly disappointed that the filmmakers decided to give the heroes an aura of invincibility. I didn’t feel that the “good guys” were ever in any real jeopardy. There was also fewer individual displays of brute-force physical prowess than I expected, and when there were some large group fights when it would have been a great opportunity to show off the skilled moves of guys like Jason Statham and Jet Li, most of the work was seemed to be done through camera trickery and flash sequences. Although, considering the increasing age of some of the leads I suppose I can allow for some short-cuts in post production.
Also, I understand the importance of advertising the presence of actors like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film, but it is too bad that the particular scene that is spread all across the previews, in which Stallone, Willis, and Schwarzenegger have a conversation, couldn’t have been saved for a surprise in the film. The majority of the audience was aware of the scene and it was still well received with laughs and applause.
Overall I was very pleased with the movie and glad to see it on the big screen.
Now we just have to talk about that Jackass 3D.