Friday, November 26, 2010

The Expendables (2010)

Director: Sylvester Stallone. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis. 103 min. Rated R. Action.

Boooooooring! Stallone goes into such tremendous effort to gather up all the big muscle men of our times, but then creates such a mainstream, no-risk, repetitious action fare, that doesn't challenge the viewer even once. I was hoping for something in the lines of Arnold's 1993 Last Action Hero, where the action star satirizes his own fame and identity - but no ... the times when Stallone used to direct intelligent screenplays are long gone. Like always, Micky Rourke provides the only noteworthy moments of a movie. I fast-forwarded the last 20 minutes of action scenes. Go figure.

PS: I admit this exchange between the three main hunks - Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis - was memorable:

- "What's his f***ing problem?"
- "He wants to be president."

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