It is what it is,
This review is from: The Expendables (DVD)
I figured I would give Sylvester another go after hearing good things about this movie. All I can say is, it is what it is. The Expendables is meant to be a pure action movie. There is a plot, though you really can't figure out what it is. Some of the scenes are as awkward as that moment when you can't decide to either shake hands or hug and at times the script seems forced. But if you want a typical shoot em up tough guy movie then this is spot on. Ladies be warned, if enough of us men get together and watch this the testosterone alone is going to destory the house.
When people told me this movie was low budget, I had really expected worse. I must say that I was surprised with how it all turned out. Sure it wasn't the best, but 90% of the scenes were extremely well done and most of the action was maxed out. A bit of a slow start but once it gets to rolling it doesn't stop. I was disappointed in the star-studded cast. The meeting between Bruce Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenegger seems to be more of an empty gesture to fans. Expendables could have existed fine without this scene and it is confusing, seems to be a space filler, and just an opprotunity to give Willis and the Governator a few seconds of time. Statham did his usual five star job, Jet Li was the kind of character you just have to love, and Rourke was off the chain entertaining as a tattoo artist bad a** named Tool. Steve Austin? Awesome actor, baaaaaaad character. The rest of the line up seem to be supporting cast.
If you want something that will blow your windows out when it comes through your surround sound, something that men can get together and eat beef jerky while watching and then go out and shoot up the neighborhood road side trash cans then this is it. Gotta be in the right company to enjoy. Personally I would give it 4 stars but I'm going by this: Can just anyone pick this up and truly be entertained? I don't think so.