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The definitive modern day throwback to 80's action,
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This review is from: The Expendables (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
The Expendables was hands down one of the most fun and exciting theater experiences I've had since I can remember. The plethora of action stars makes it just a lot of fun. It starts out with a bang, has a little bit of a story for filler, and ends with the feeling like someone kicked you in the face with a boot. Thing is, most people don't realize this was a throwback to the 80's when films like Predator, First Blood, Die Hard, and Commando were all the rage. Those movies didn't have oscar winning stories either, but everyone loved them because they were fun. Who can forget Dutch, Dillon, Blaine, and the other team of commandos out in Central America sent to kill the Predator, only to become the prey themselves. John Rambo, the one man army who took on a small town police department. John McClane, the everyday normal guy who got caught in a bad situation and ended up saving the hostages and his marriage. John Matrix, the retired special agent out to find his kidnapped daughter, armed to the teeth with infinite explosives and combat knowledge. If you're a man and get a sense of nostalgia when you think about those films, you owe it to yourself to kick back, turn your brain off, and your testosterone into high gear with a few buddies and enjoy the ride.
Every star has their moment where they shine, but in my theater I don't think anyone got as much enjoyment and praise as Terry Crews when he went to town with the AA-12 shotgun. It was also good to see Dolph Lundgren on screen again. The cameos by Willis and Schwarzenegger just gave it an even more old school feel. I must warn you though, the truth is, you're not going to get something as deep as 'Inception' or something as timeless as 'Citizen Kane'. Film snobs are going to eat this and spit it out like there is no tomorrow, but who cares? Everyone loves a movie with a great story, one that will make you think, and one that will stick with you. This film was made for men who were sick of seeing vampire teenagers falling in love, spoof movies that were never funny in the first place, and movies that paint a picture of all men being evil creatures. I'm looking at YOU Lifetime Channel.
The long and short, your girlfriend won't like this, film snobs will tip up their noses, and those who just don't get it will scoff and point out its flaws. But for the men out there who like their action in your face and need a couple of hours to kick back and relax, this film was made..just for you. Here's a personal thank you to Stallone and the entire cast for letting me relive the action films I grew up on in a modern setting.