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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Darkmatters Review: The Expendables

The Expendables (15)

Dir. Sylvester Stallone

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

“We are the shadow, the smoke in your eyes, the ghosts that hide in the night... “

This quote from Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) should go on to say “we are also the ghosts who kick in your door, beat the crap out of your henchmen and take you down with extreme prejudice!?” Yes, in a summer packed with action films – The Expendables stands out because it has assembled possibly the most unique, ball busting, macho drenched cast ever. If you’re an action / violence movie fan and watch only one film this year, you need to choose The Expendables because nowhere else are you going to witness Stallone, Stratham, Li, Austin, Willis and Schwarzenegger all in same film? No where…

The Expendables ups the ante for action movies and will be king of the shoot-and-beat-em-ups for some time! You want tough guys? You got em and these bad boys are the kind who laugh at missions others would deem ‘suicidal’ The Expendables is a full on action movie the like of which we simply have not seen in cinemas for many a year. Born in the 80's, no script can handle such a ‘plot’ infused with pure testosterone, delivered with a rocket launcher to your frontal cortex. There’s action and there’s rubbish, meat head dialogue plus cringe inducing buddy scenes but thankfully the action delivers big time – enough to make The Expendables a ‘must see’.

The Expendables themselves don’t even try to act and yet their male bonding banter somehow delivers sufficient onscreen chemistry to even make you care about Mickey Rourke’s Tool (that’s his character’s name) when he delivers a long monologue about his failing love life… So don’t worry about the plot or the script, just be ready because The Expendables brings so much high adrenalin carnage that it's really not a good time to be a bad guy...

Imagine the most explosive, kick ass action movie ever, then add more insane action, brutal fights and feel good heroics the like of which haven't graced the screen since the '80's when Stallone ruled the box office. That's The Expendables and if you've ever loved action movies - missing this would be like punching yourself in the face!


Arnie (as a Terminator) and Willis (as John McClane) team up to take down The Expendables and an almighty firefight ensues... Who will survive and what will be left of them??

Darkmatters rating: ööööööö (7 awesome action scenes out of 10)

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