The Expendables
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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. Approached by the shadowy Church (Bruce Willis) to overthrow tyrannical South American dictator General Gaza (David Zayas) and restore order to the troubled island country of Vilena, stoic soldier of fortune Barney Ross (Stallone) rounds up an unstoppable team that includes former SAS soldier and blade specialist Lee Christmas (Jason Statham); martial arts expert Yin (Jet Li); trigger-happy Hale Caesar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie had been billed as a throwback to the action flicks of the 1980s, but that pitch turns out to be false advertising."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"What you will find is both familiar in its contours and unique in its casting."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"What The Expendables does right is it caters to its fans. It knows exactly what they want and it delivers a a pure, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride with some great action."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"the kind of all-out, over the top action movie they just don't make anymore, which is probably a good thing because the human brain can only take a movie that provides the equivalent to getting three consecutive adrenaline shots so many times."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"... It's a little like meeting up with old friends, only to come away deflated, realising you just don't have that much to talk about any more."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"The rest of the mayhem is simply ultraviolent, nonstop, and numbing. Better jokes might have helped."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's not the age of the actors that makes The Expendables expendable. It's the stale storytelling."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The action scenes are huge and excessively violent on a scale not seen since the closing scenes of Commando. At one point, in the absence of any buildings to detonate or ammunition depots to destroy, I think I saw an explosion explode."
‑ Ali Gray,
"I like the idea of this movie much more than how it actually turned out."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Stallone, with his highly unusual current face, is so busy making googly eyes at Statham and nursing a man-crush that he forgets that the goal of this movie is MORE KILLING."
‑ Dave White,
"If you like watching men with no necks thumping each other, this could be your Citizen Kane."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The Expendables isn't as much fun as it should be."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"What we end up with is an incomprehensible, overly-long explosion-fest that could have easily been retitled "A.D.D.: The Motion Picture.""
‑ Jeff Beck,
"This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed."
‑ Laurence Boyce, The Baltic Times
"If you are a connoisseur of the Steven Seagal flavor of direct-to-DVD action film, seeing all these guys up on screen actually is a lot of fun. It doesn't make it a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still a lot of fun."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
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