The Expendables Action Thriller

Sylvester Stallone’s latest venture as writer/director is an ensemble action thriller in which he also takes the starring role. As plots go ‘The Expendables’ is a potentially uninspired tale featuring a band of slightly past their best mercenaries who are on a mission to oust a brutal South American dictator. So far, same old hired guns story...

However, what initially sounds like a formulaic action movie is made potentially a thousand times more interesting by having a cast to literally die for. It includes…Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Stratham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Steve Austin. Basically, almost every action star worth their salt is in it. Even those obvious names which may be missing, such as Van Damme and Steven Seagal were asked but turned down their respective roles for various reasons. Only the omission of Chuck Norris would suggest the film isn’t fashioned from testosterone and charisma alone.

Expect some exceptionally toned middle aged men, heavy nods to the blockbuster action flicks of the 80’s and 90’, guns, explosions and no doubt a moral message thrown in for good measure. Sound good? You’ll have to wait until the summer to find out.

The Expendables is due for a UK release in August 2010.


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