The Expendables

The Expendables

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Sylvester Stallone's cameo-filled action film starring himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What a line up. More

The Expendables - a team of hardened war veterans lead by Barney Ross (Stallone) - take on what appears to be a routine assignment: a covert, CIA-funded operation to infiltrate the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator General Garza. But when their job is revealed to be a suicide mission, the men are faced with a deadly choice that threatens their brotherhood.

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2010Rating: MA15+, for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language104 minsUSA
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The Expendables | Reviews

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Variety

Variety

A nearly incoherent all-stars-on-deck actioner that plays like "Grown Ups" on nitro or a brutish, blue-collar "Ocean's Eleven."

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Total Film

Total Film

Arnie, Sly and Bruce cut hard-edged, iconic silhouettes but don’t expect depth , shading or, indeed, a great deal of entertainment. Don’t you hate it when a plan falls apart?

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Might more aptly be described as Bad Kurosawa, Bad Peckinpah or Bad Leone. Which might be a way of saying that it's better-than-average Stallone. I can't quite say that it's not bad: it is bad! But not entirely in a bad way.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

So why oh why is The Expendables such a limp-dick bust? Because Stallone forgets to include non-spazzy direction, a coherent plot, dialogue that actors can speak without cringing, stunts that don't fizzle, blood that isn't digital and an animating spirit that might convince us to give a damn.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Sly's action comeback big, dumb but not enough fun.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An effective mix of lean and over-the-top, The Expendables is often preposterous, but it achieves the immediacy of a graphic novel without the overdone mythology.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

More The Wild Geese than The Wild Bunch, The Expendables is not a wasted opportunity, but more one not fully exploited.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

The cast list for this fun, formulaic film, reads like a roll call of old school action heroes - Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Li, Rourke, Austen, Roberts, Couture, Crews, Willis, Schwarzenegger

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

At one point Rourke delivers a monologue about his time in Bosnia, and the conviction the actor brings to the occasion throws the movie completely out of whack. What's actual acting doing in a movie like this?

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