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Because HD didn't exist in the Eighties,
This review is from: The Expendables (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Oh man was this a fun movie!
At one point I leaned over to one of my buddies and said, "Best. Movie. Ever." Really. Actually, it probably isn't the best movie ever. But it was a nice throwback to the good old days of 80's movies that I grew up watching with the cheesy Schwarzenegger one-liners and over the top violence where the good guy wins and the bad guy meets his maker in some ridiculous way.
There are some over the top visuals that make it worth seeing and hearing; the sound was pretty amazing. And by amazing, I mean loud. Explosions you can feel in your bowels and that's not just the beef and bean burrito from lunch talkin' either. Better than they could do in the Eighties.
They missed out on a rematch w/ Lundgren and Stallone. I kept waiting for Lundgren to say, "I will break you" to someone but it never happened. The Schwarzenegger cameo was cool, but he should have thrown someone out of a window or something. Not happening these days. Same w/ Willis; he really has no part in this and didn't seem too menacing to me which was also disappointing. However, the rest of the cast delivered cases of canned butt-whoopin' as if they were FedEx.
Here's a typical scene. Statham kicks the tar out of a bunch of knuckleheads: in front of his ex-girlfriend who is dating one of said knuckleheads who, predictably, smacks her around. Too bad for Knucklehead that her ex has more than a passing interest in her and happens to be in a bad mood when he learns of the abuse. Bam. Pow. Smack. Insert one-liner, get the girl back, ride off unharmed w/ hottie on the motorcycle. I think people actually cheered at the fight choreography. I mean, the whole movie is like this. It's brilliant.
There are some good comic bits but really, it is simply a throwback movie done with bigger, badder explosions and a lot of your favorite tough guys from the era when action actors were immensely rugged dudes. Muscles ruled, brains, not so much.
5 stars because I can't imagine that they could have recaptured the fun from the Eighties in a better way than they did here. Don't take it seriously and enjoy it for what it is.
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2010 8:48:30 AM PST
Joey Joe Joe Jr S. says:
Excellent review. I agree 100%!
Posted on Dec 4, 2010 11:05:02 PM PST
G. Morrison says:
I smell sexual discrimination!: Where's Cynthia Rothrock and Michelle Yeoh? Sorry girls--it's a man's world! He-He!
Posted on Dec 7, 2010 11:14:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2010 10:49:30 AM PST
R. Arrington says:
Great review. Action just won't get any better than it did in the 80's. Yeah, you get the cheesy one-liners but who cares? If you're looking for that lightweight/boring/thinking man's crap then go watch "predators". I will root for a troop full of cigar smokin'/m16 weilding/5 o'clock shadow/one-liner flingin'/roided up tough guys over adrien brody/topher grace and alice braga any day of the week. Support this movie people...it may be our only shot at getting the action genre back on track.
Posted on Dec 11, 2010 3:50:55 AM PST
Absolutely loved this movie. The only thing I didn't like was the use of CG blood, most likely because the studio wanted the option of releasing the movie in a bloodless PG-13 form.
That made me go, *sigh* we ain't in 80s anymore.... That's one part (and really the only part) where they failed to recapture the movie fun of the 80s, IMHO.
Posted on Feb 2, 2011 11:05:30 AM PST
The Lundgren line you're referencing is "I must break you." There was probably no point in waiting for that.
Posted on Jun 11, 2011 11:03:55 AM PDT
Matthew D, says:
I loved the title for your post! I also agreed 100% with your review. Thanks!
Posted on Sep 3, 2012 2:02:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 2:04:25 AM PDT
Hey, Tarbuck, thanks a ton for your honesty and forthright review. No one appreciates it more than I. You hit all the nails right on their heads, and the most important one when you stated: "Don't take it seriously and enjoy it for what it is." Damn, it was so nice to actually find someone with enough courage to state the obvious: you go see a movie to be entertained - pay the damn admission, buy some too-expensive popcorn & soda, and just let the actors on the screen do their jobs. Thanks, man.
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