Aug 31, 2010
THE EXPENDABLES (2010)
Would you like to see three of Planet Hollywood’s former owners gather around in one scene? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone make a brief reunion in thiz ultimate action movie. Stallone brings all the brawny heroes into one action package, not just the legendary ones like Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren but also across generations with solid performances from Jason Statham, Steve Austin, Randy Couture and even martial arts superstar, Jet Li. Stallone who is also the Director in thiz movie, puts all of them into one battle pool. Every one of them has their own characteristic and you can see the sparkle between their interactions. Stallone gives a precise mentor performance. Although Jet Li involves into awful choreographed fight, but he delivers some fresh and effective humor. Dolph Lundgren shows how good he is with his bad boy attitude. But still, the best performance belongs to the bald Jason Statham with his cool and unmerciful expression. The story is way too simple and it feels like the plots is only a vessel for their own playground. It’s what 1980s action heroes always do. Is thiz outdated? Not completely. The battle scenes still meets today's demand which is gory and brutal. For everyone of us who are action movie fans, I’m pretty sure that we have been waiting for thiz kind of classic stuff, where the dialogue is brainless but it looks cool, where only one guy can beat all the bad guys but it still looks awesome, and finally there is always a scene where the action hero has to jump out from a mega explosion behind him as an ending. It is simply a classic! But it still rocks our world. Mr. Stallone, you remind us of what we just need! By the way, do you realize what does it take to become a great action icon? Besides firm muscular body and some die-hard stunts? Well, pay attention to the specific characteristic of how the way they talk. Stallone (Italia), Schwarzenegger (Austria), Lundgren (Sweden), Jet Li (China) and Statham (England). To become a solid action icon, you will also need a unique speaking accent!
Stars : 6/10
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