Watching The Expendables made me feel like a kid again watching those early Stallone flicks in the moviehouse like Over the Top, Rambo III and Demolition Man. The Expendables is a 100% pure old-school action movie and I love every minute of it! I haven’t had this much satisfaction in an action film like I did here.
Together with the action legend Sylvester Stallone, you have three martial artists: Jason Statham, Jet Li & Dolph Lundgren, an NFL linebacker: Terry Crews, a UFC Hall of Famer and former Heavyweight Champion: Randy “The Natural” Couture,a WWE Hall of Famer and also former Heavyweight Champion: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a multi-awarded actor: Mickey Rourke, and fellow action legends in cameo roles: Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hats off to Stallone for getting the perfect cast for this film. These are the action heroes that I grew up with and to see them all together on the screen is pure action bliss! I would’ve loved to see Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables, but due to some conflicts, they were unable to. Maybe in the sequel? I would hope!
Dream matches abound in this flick: Lundgren vs. Li, Lundgren vs. Stallone, Stallone vs. Austin, Statham & Li vs. Gary Daniels (another martial artist, recently seen as Bryan Fury in the Tekken movie), Couture vs. Austin (UFC vs. WWE!!!) and Terry Crewes vs. a whole lot of Vilenan soldiers (Just check out his big freakin’ gun)!!! The explosive battle at the end alone is worth another viewing.
Overall, The Expendables is one great action film. Yes, the plot is simplistic and not entirely original but I don’t care about that. What I care about is that Stallone and the rest of my action heroes are all out there and having the time of their lives.