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3 stars out of 4
This movie is highlighted by fast-paced action from start to finish with an exemplary cast of really fine actors who are all up to the challenge. The guys represent a team of misfit mercenaries who, to a man, are tough as nails. They are seasoned and the internal chemistry is quite convincing.
Led by the invisible Sylvester Stallone, who is the impromptu leader, and backed-up splendidly by the talented Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke, this movie soars with a constant barrage of testosterone and explosive action.
You even get to see cameo performances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, but their few moments are effective and funny with a political line that is enormously clever.
The movie’s lone deficiency is the story is too limited due to an inadequate screenplay. But with flying mayhem at every corner this one limitation does not wreck what proves to be a very good movie. See it and you will agree.
— Rick Wright, Auburn
2 1/2 stars out of 4
What makes “The Expendables” work is that no one takes themself too seriously. There is a lot of funny banter and good chemistry between the many characters. The plot is not unique or complicated, so you can focus on all of the really over-the-top action scenes and great stunt work. As expected, there are a lot of explosions and gunfire.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis make a very brief appearance together.
Mickey Rourke plays a somewhat subdued character (tattoo artist) and is not involved in the action scenes. One very nice surprise was Eric Roberts in a substantial role as the bad guy.
The audience was very engaged and reacted to different scenes with “oohs,” “ahhs” and clapping. Overall, this is an entertaining, fun movie.
— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville
1 1/2 stars out of 4
I really wanted to like this movie, but I didn’t. Old action stars looking old didn’t cut it. Almost like watching the Rolling Stones, it’s kinda scary.
This movie was very loud with lots of explosions, but a lot of it was slow and dull. The fight scenes looked like they were filmed under a strobe light, hard to keep track of who was who. The guy who played the Latin general was so stereotypical and did a lousy job to boot. Skip this one and save your money.
— Kevin Kilroe, Lawrenceville