At its best, one of the most soulful action films ever made.
It's a gimmick that misses the point of its own novelty, probably because Stallone can't see himself as we do. Movie explosions are a dime a dozen and boring. Instead of going bigger, they could have gone smaller: show these titans of action in scenarios never seen, living the everyday between gigs, getting groceries, IM'ing each other, or trying to wash blood and grime off their clothes at the laundromat.
It is so bad, it is (almost) good. Choice quote: "What's your names? - Buda - Pest" Brilliant!
Watched the Director's Cut blu-ray tonight, which has both its advantages and drawbacks. The downside: all the awkward dialogue exchanges are twice as long. The upshot: the action scenes are completely re-edited so that they flow better and the most egregious CGI has been toned down. The editing during the final showdown now has a nice rhythmic quality to it, less choppy than before, each shot flowing into the next.
One of the most brainlessly epic movies ever made! This brought the good parts of the 80's back. By no means a good movie, far from it. But by god is it enjoyable. It knows what it is and relishes in it, rather than the generic action movie you get today, which thinks it's better than what it is. This film gets my top grade, but one does not compare it to Terminator or Pi, they compare it to Rambo or Navy Seals
Brainless, yes but definitely not the worst action schlock ever filmed. Four word review? "Not enough Terry Crews."
What fun. The mercenary as liberator vs. the mercenary as oppressor central conflict, Jason Statham's great sidekick performance, and the choreography of the shootouts and fight, make this one a good old fashioned B.
An action movie built around its hype on having most of the action stars of the 80s to present day is bound to have high expectations. Well, those expectations were too high that it all came crashing down to a huge disappointment. Incompetently made, Stallone strongly relies heavily on nostalgia where that's where the movie fails. It feels like a dull action movie than a homage of the movies that made their names!
Old wrinkled faces, flabby tits on once muscular frames, action sequences shot so terribly the eye can barely survive but another day.
Stallone finds the soul of the film when these aging men, lines on their faces, gather and just talk (the mirror, the ending). There's something oddly beautiful in the gathering of these old has-beens, a core of emotion/experience.Rourke walks away with one of the most haunting sequences of the last few years. Cant wait for Expendables 2 (with Van Damme!!!!!!!!)
Well... There was nothing wrong with this movie per se, provided one knew what to expect, and it would be rather difficult to NOT know what to expect with a cast like this. It delivered in terms of action. Naturally, as with so many other movies of this and other genres, one must suspend disbelief many times Isn't it hard, though, to find many action movies where this isn't the case? It entertained as advertised.