‘The Expendables’ is a kind of Bible for the action junkies out there. If your only concern relates to insane action every sporadic moment, then this title aptly suits as picture perfect. Stallone’s wish to cast an array of action old hands from the 80’s & early 90’s is a kind of tribute to those two decades.
The story is quite simple; Barney Moss (Sylvester Stallone) leads a group of mercenaries who are specialized in embarking into precarious missions. Soon enough Moss gets a new offer where he is required to overthrow a ruthless dictator at Vilena (A fictional island in the Caribbean). That’s it. Remaining part of the narrative looks more or less like a filler, providing adequate space to balance the climatic end. Very few action movies are there which emphasis on the plot like the ‘Die Hard’ franchise; the story was predictable as expected, still the plot was weedy compared to Stallone’s other works.
Whatever was lost in the plot had been evenhanded by some high octane action sequences. Very few movies can brag to show case legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Jet Li & many more in one movie. Perhaps most of the movie aficionados will be more interested to see the casts rather than the action. Just like Rambo IV, the action had been quite intense with no restraint from gory images. If you are aware of the mode of Stallone’s work, then you would most likely know that most of the stunts are done by Stallone himself; in fact he did sustain some serious injuries while shooting an action cut along with Steve Austin.
If you are more interested to feel the heat of ‘80s action, then this movie definitely delivers what it promises.