The Expendables, directed by Sylvester Stallone, stars Jet Li, Jason Statham, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dolph (still my man) Lundgren, Charisma Carpenter (Cordi from Angel woot woot!), Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke and the man himself Sly Stallone! Grab your depends and arthritis cream, people, and watch some of our 80's heroes rock the big screen.
An all-star cast of action-movie icons headline Sylvester Stallone's explosive action thriller about a group of hard-nosed mercenaries who are double-crossed during a treacherous mission. When their mission is compromised, Barney and Christmas are forced to flee, leaving Sandra behind to face almost certain death. But Barney isn't the kind of soldier to abandon a mission, or a hostage, and now in order to get the job done he'll need the help of his old crew.
I am lucky enough to live in the Bay Area where we have access to D-Box seating, one of our many perks in Nor Cal. ;) If you don't know about D-Box let me tell you it's the most entertaining way to watch action movies. The specialized seats have full range of motion and vibration, so when a car crashes on screen your seat gets slammed. Gun fights take on a whole new meaning, and boats...well if you get seasick easy you may not want to do D-Box! It's a fantastic update and quickly becoming my new movie watching addiction.
Now to the movie review itself, if you can't tell by the trailers this movie is a hard-hitting action flick with tons of explosives, blood and guts, impossible stunts, car chases, UFC and WWE moves, beautiful women in distress, and bad a** old dudes rockin' Harley's. Basically it's a testosterone circus gone wild and I loved it! Anyone need a prostate check?
The plot itself is pretty predictable, but the actors have a lot of fun with their characters and that comes across to the audience. Plenty of good old fashion throwing knives always come in handy when traveling to South America, well in my experience anyway. :) The movie won't win any Oscars, but it will make you laugh, and if you're like me and just enjoy seeing all these great action heroes in one movie it will make it all worthwhile.
On a side note, I still don't know the exact details of why Jean Claude Van Damme was not in this movie but I will say he was missed. I would have liked to see the original Universal Soldiers together kickin' butt! Oh well. My only hope is that you're not stuck in a showing that has a woman in the audience screaming during every action scene, it was annoying. Blah!
Grab some friends and go see this one. :)